[spambayes-dev] Re: Generating SB tokens based upon information on the net

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at skynet.be
Thu Aug 5 18:20:56 CEST 2004

At 3:00 PM -0500 2004-08-04, Skip Montanaro wrote:

>  Like many other pieces of software the code is the best documentation you're
>  going to find.  You needn't read and understand it all, however.

	I'm not a programmer.  I haven't done any proper programming in 
fifteen years, since I graduated college.  Even if I was a 
programmer, I know absolutely nothing about Python.  Therefore, the 
source code is pretty much useless to me.

>  What envelope information?  Does it turn up in a message header?  If Postfix
>  adds it to a Received: header, Spambayes probably already takes it into
>  account.

	To the best of my knowledge, none of the black list stuff ever 
gets added to any headers, certainly not by postfix.  If you have 
postfix look this stuff up in a black list, then it will make binary 
decisions based on that, which we don't want.

	We want something that can look this information up on various 
black lists, record all those various bits of information, and then 
score the message based on the result.  Given the limited capability 
to do this sort of thing within postfix, I believe that SpamBayes 
would be the best place to do this.

	If you don't want to do this within SpamBayes, then you need to 
come up with some other external component that fits as a shim 
between postfix and SpamBayes.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

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