Maintaining Spamassassin

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by greenpete, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. greenpete

    greenpete New Member

    Hi, I have been happily using a server I setup using 'The Perfect Setup - Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Server (Dapper Drake)' and all is basically well... thanks!
    However, I have never managed to figure out how to maintain SpamAssassin.
    I have searched and generally read these forums and Googled for answers plus read the Spamassin docs' but still find that the only thing I figured out how to do doesn't seem to stopping much spam!
    At present I just run;
    from time to time (after having run; 'apt-get install libwww-perl libarchive-tar-perl' once)
    My head is spinning with all that I have read, and I figure there must be a basic set of things to do on a regular basis that would keep the spam down.
    So my question (after all the above!:eek:) is what day to day or week to week work should I perform in order to stay on top of the spam problem?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  3. greenpete

    greenpete New Member

    Thank you Falko, my server does catch spam but is letting through an awfull lot that has words I am surprised it lets through.
    I have played with the 'spam score' which helped a bit.

    How do I check that auto learning is on and working properly?

    I have tried following the details in the link you provide.
    I ran; 'sa-learn --spam /var/www/web1/user/web1_user/Maildir/.Junk
    as well as the 'sa-learn --ham' command but with the same result;
    'bash: sa-learn: command not found'
    I have read that the sa-learn is part of the SpamAssassin perl module, so I assume I have it but the system thinks not!
    Where am I going wrong, do I need to be in a specific directory when I run the command?

    Also you say that it should self learn without intervention, how can it do this, does it get info back from Roundcubemail, if so how?

    Thanks, Peter
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Open /home/admispconfig/ispconfig/tools/spamassassin/etc/mail/spamassassin/ and enable
    use_bayes 1
    bayes_auto_learn 1
  5. greenpete

    greenpete New Member

    Thank you, I have 'un-commented' those lines and will now sit back and wait!
    I did try the 'sa-learn' command again and that still doesn't work?!
    I would really like to use that.

  6. greenpete

    greenpete New Member

    I have followed the advice above but nothing has changed.
    I am running RoundCubeMail and put all spam into the 'Junk' folder but I still get the same amount of spam.
    It would help me if I knew how Spamassassin learnt, is it from putting spam into the Junk folder?
    I keep looking through the Spamassassin docs but nothing makes enough sense to me, maybe I am out of my depth here and shouldn't be running a mail server?
    Any further assistance would be very much appreciated though.


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