[Spambayes] Has anyone benchmarked performance?

Matt Sergeant msergeant at startechgroup.co.uk
Mon Feb 24 21:41:29 EST 2003

On Mon, 24 Feb 2003, Skip Montanaro wrote:

> I'm curious to know if anyone had done any comparative performance tests.
> Here at Northwestern, the folks who administer the mail servers have done
> some experimenting with SpamAssassin (versions and configuration unknown to
> me) and have, at times, been disappointed in its performance.  I know for my
> own little installation in the Mojam environment I found Spambayes to be
> substantially faster at classifying messages than SA, though this was just a
> seat-of-the-pants observation.
> It's been awhile since I used SA.  About the time I switched someone there
> was playing with generating fast scanners using lex, so SA performance may
> have improved dramatically since I last looked at it.

No, spamassassin is still slow. It probably always will be. I looked into 
various ways to speed it up, but came up short.

If it's speed you're after, bayes is definitely faster (unless you're 
using CRM114 ;-)

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