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darkhoros 25th September 2009 05:15

disable SpamAssassin and ClamAV and amavis
I have already read the other posts related to same issue and googled enough, but no clear and direct how to, and I just got my ispconfig 3 installed on a vps and I am so afraid to miss things up.

So as title says how to disable all 3 services( SpamAssassin and ClamAV and amavis), as I only need the apache and mysql service on this vps for a high traffic web site, no email options is needed, and when ever things change i can re-enable what I need of them.

Help is apriciated alot.

Thank you all.

damir 25th September 2009 14:29

Disable the mail module in ispconfig3 under System/Edit Server and than shutdown the services on the server.

darkhoros 25th September 2009 14:40

first of all thank you for your kind reply, but I only need to disable these 3 services, I need the mail module running, just in case, I only need to free up the ram that these 3 services consume as they run.

Thank you.

robertlouwen 26th September 2009 13:52

Hello Darkhoros,

I am a Linux noob but I think when you use :

"chkconfig --levels 235 amavisd on"
"chkconfig --levels 235 clamd.amavisd on"

to start ClamAV and Amavis at bootup


"/etc/init.d/amavisd start"
"/etc/init.d/clamd.amavisd start"

to start ClamAV and Amavis again when manualy stopped.

You can use:

"chkconfig --levels 235 amavisd off"
"chkconfig --levels 235 clamd.amavisd off"

to prevent ClamAV and Amavis starting at bootup.

darkhoros 27th September 2009 03:42

Thank you for your reply, it gave me some light.

ok I used this to stop current running services.

server# /etc/init.d/amavis stop
server# /etc/init.d/clamav-daemon stop
server# /etc/init.d/spamassassin stop

they stopped and free about 150 MB of ram, very nice, I then editied the apache2.conf file and raise its resources, things went much better from there.

I think using your way to exclude them from start up on boot will work once I change the services name, but I will try this later once I make sure that every thing is stable with my setup.

Again thank you for lighting the way for me.:D

mdjhomes 7th October 2009 10:16

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.

phor 12th December 2009 10:09

Isn't there a way to deactivate these 3 services and leave mail function working? When I simply stop the services, mails are deferred or rather aren't delivered.

I want to use Mail but have no need for spam and virus checking.

bnight 19th December 2009 13:15

Hi phor,

I have the same problem as you have and I make some tests about howto disable Amavis on ISPConfig 3.

Here is what you have to do to achieve this:

Edit: /etc/postfix/

Coment this two lines:

content_filter = amavis:[]:10024
receive_override_options = no_address_mappings

Looks like this:

#content_filter = amavis:[]:10024
#receive_override_options = no_address_mappings

Edit: /etc/postfix/

And comment all lines bellow:

amavis unix - - - - 2 smtp

Looks like this:

#amavis unix - - - - 2 smtp
# -o smtp_data_done_timeout=1200
# -o smtp_send_xforward_command=yes

# inet n - - - - smtpd
# -o content_filter=
# -o local_recipient_maps=
# -o relay_recipient_maps=
# -o smtpd_restriction_classes=
# -o smtpd_client_restrictions=
# -o smtpd_helo_restrictions=
# -o smtpd_sender_restrictions=
# -o smtpd_recipient_restrictions=permit_mynetworks,rej ect
# -o mynetworks=
# -o strict_rfc821_envelopes=yes
# -o receive_override_options=no_unknown_recipient_chec ks,no_header_body_checks
# -o smtpd_bind_address=

Now stop amavis-new and clamd:

/etc/init.d/amavis stop
/etc/init.d/clamav-daemon stop
/etc/init.d/clamav-freshclam stop

Now disable amavis and clamd form starting on system boot:
chkconfig --levels 235 amavis off
chkconfig --levels 235 clamav-daemon off
chkconfig --levels 235 clamav-freshclam off

Now you can restart postfix:

/etc/init.d/postfix restart

And you have working postfix without Amavis and Clamd.

Good Luck.

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