[spambayes-dev] 1.1a1 release candidate for testing
tameyer at ihug.co.nz
Tue Apr 5 08:46:58 CEST 2005
> I'm planning to write up a little intro to 1.1a1 (explaining
> what sort of things would be good to test, how to try out
> certain new features, etc) in the next couple of days
A draft of this is attached. If anyone has the time, it'd be great to get
* Are there new features etc that I've missed that should also be
* Are there any features I've included that aren't really important enough
to be in there?
* Could it be worded better? I'd like it to be as straightforward as
possible, for the Outlook users <0.5 wink>.
* What should I call this file, and how should I draw people's attention
to it? Is putting it in the installer too rude? (It would be gone by 1.1
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The 1.1 release includes a great many changes from the 1.0.x releases. We
would appreciate users testing as many of these changes as possible, and
reporting the results back to spambayes at python.org (either success or any
problems). Please be as detailed as possible when reporting problems,
including detailing any error messages and attaching any log files.
New database backends (other than the pickle and bsddb options
available in 1.0.x) are now available, including one using ZODB.
In addition, Outlook users are now able to select database backends
other than bsddb. We would be very interested in hearing from anyone
(Outlook or sb_server or sb_imapfilter, or any others) willing to try
the ZODB storage type out.
To do this with sb_server or sb_imapfilter, you will need to change
the name of your database files on the main Configuration page, then
change the type of storage on the Advanced Configuration page. You
may get an error at this point - to fix that, stop
sb_server/sb_imapfilter, manually remove the database files with the
new names, and restart sb_server/sb_imapfilter. (This bug will be
fixed in a future release).
To do this with Outlook, you need to open (or create) your
default_bayes_customize.ini file, and put in it the lines:
If you want to convert your existing database, you will need the
source release and Python, and can use the sb_dbexpimp.py script as
follows (replace "default_bayes_database.db" with "hammie.db" for
sb_dbexpimp.py -e -d default_bayes_database.db -f bayes.csv
sb_dbexpimp.py -i -f bayes.csv
(The second command has been wrapped, but should be entered as one
long line). You will also have a CSV version of the database that you
can safely remove.
If you speak Spanish or French, please try out the translated
interface, and let us know if there are any problems. This should
automatically switch to the right language if you are using Windows
and have the OS language set to French/Spanish; otherwise you can
manually change the language in your conifguration file - sb_server
and sb_imapfilter users can find the option on the Advanced
Configuration page, while Outlook users will have to manually edit
(or create) their default_bayes_customize.ini file and add in the
lines, for example:
The statistics have been significantly improved for both Outlook
and web interface users. If you could keep and eye on the
statistics and let us know if there are any problems, or if you
have any ideas about how the statistics could be further improved,
that would be great.
We would appreciate reports about the new notifications tab -
both whether it works as you expect, and any improvement ideas
you might have.
We would appreciate reports about the new ability to move mail
classified as ham. In particular, we hope that this will provide
a solution for those people that need to have rules run *after*
SpamBayes (copying messages to a remote device, for example).
You should now be able to have ham moved to a "Ham" folder, and
have Outlook process rules on messages arriving in that folder.
We would appreciate knowing whether this does help as expected.
You should now be able to use POP over SSL (for half of the
connection), removing any requirement to use tools like stunnel.
If your mail server supports POP over SSL, it would be great if
you could test this out (and you get more secure mail as an
added bonus). To do this:
In the web Configuration page, set SpamBayes to connect
to port 995 of your mail server (e.g. instead of
'mail.example.com' in the "Remote Servers" option, you
Manually add these lines to your configuration file:
If you use the Windows service, it would be great if you could
do a fresh install of the service, and let us know if the new
procedures (outlined in the "What's New" document) work better
for you than the old.
If you are a Windows user, you can now use the binary to install
sb_imapfilter. If you experience any trouble with the binary
version, please let us know.
sb_imapfilter should do a much better job of keeping track of
messages, and should not need to create nearly as many copies
of messages. It should seemlessly work with your old database,
and not retrain any already-trained messages, or reclassify
any already-classified messages. Please let us know if it does
do this, or if you have any other troubles with it.
If your IMAP server supports logging in with AUTH CRAM-MD5, then
sb_imapfilter will now attempt to do this. Reports of success or
failure of this would be appreciated.
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