[Spambayes] Using Spambayes with Outlook Express

Oliveri aoliveri at rochester.rr.com
Fri Jan 28 02:25:59 CET 2005

Looks like I downloaded the correct version. However, I'm still not sure how 
to use this.  When I click onto the spambayes icon that appears on my 
desktop toolbar, and click "review messages", I get the spambayes web 
interface, and it always says: there are no untrained messages to display. 
On the Status and configuration window, it says: "Database has 1 good and 0 
spam- you should consider performing additional training.  I obviously don't 
know how to get spambayes to look at my inbox!  Also, I should tell you 
that, along with the spambayes tray icon on my desktop, there is another 
icon that is labeled: _pop3proxy...   When I clicke on it, I received a 
message that said "-pop3proxyham.mbox is not a valid win32 application.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Meyer" <tameyer at ihug.co.nz>
To: "'Oliveri'" <aoliveri at rochester.rr.com>; <spambayes at python.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 9:19 PM
Subject: RE: [Spambayes] Using Spambayes with Outlook Express

> I have Outlook Express and dowloaded Spambayes.
> I believe I followed the instructions on what to
> do if I have a pop3 server, although I don't know
> what "install a binary version" means.

It means that you download a file called spambayes-1.0.1.exe, not a file
called spambayes-1.0.1.zip or spambayes-1.0.1.tar.gz.  You almost certainly
did this.

> I configured it. But when I open up the spambayes web
> interface and try to do the following:
> 1.Train on proxied messages: I clicked "review messages",
> and got a page that said: This Page cannot be displayed"
> the address on the page was http://localhost.8880/review

The address was actually <http://localhost:8880/review> (colon not period),
right?  If not, try that.  Did the page have any other information on it?
If it did, could you copy the text and send it on to us?

> 2.I went down to Train on a message,mboxfile or dbxfile.

Note that you don't need to do this (training as you go is generally a much
better way to go), although you can if you like.

> I clicked "browse", chose my e-mail icon, and when I clicked
> "Train as Spam", got a blank page.

What do you mean by your "e-mail icon"?  To use that "Train" box, you need
to select a mbox or dbx file, which is where mail clients store mail.  With
Outlook Express this will be dbx files, and they will be hidden away
somewhere like 'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local
Settings\Application Data\Identities\{hex stuff}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\'
(that's all one extremely long path; my mailer will split it onto multiple


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