[Spambayes] Love SpamBayes! Should I prune my SPAM folder?

Tony Meyer tameyer at ihug.co.nz
Wed May 5 18:39:55 EDT 2004

> Ordinarily, I'd be deleting SPAM, but I need to keep it 
> around so that SpamBayes knows current trends in what Spam 
> looks like, right? Or does SpamBayes learn all it is going to 
> learn during filtering and when I drag things to the SPAM 
> folder, so now I can now clean this folder out? Or should I 
> just delete the oldest 2000 messages every few months?

Firstly, FAQ 3.15 has some information about this:


Basically, you may want to keep some around in order to retrain if you ever
need to.  OTOH, if you get 100 spams per day, then you'd only need one day
to have it pretty well trained.  Otherwise, SpamBayes stores it's
information elsewhere, so you can do what you like with the mail in that

=Tony Meyer

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