[linux-elitists] (tmda) Re: Constraining Bogus challenges.
Tue Sep 23 22:29:56 PDT 2003
Quoting Andrew (email@example.com):
> Offhand, why don't you use spamc/spamd?
A fair question.
My -=production=- machine (emphasis added) was running Exim3 + procmail
+ SA-via-procmail, and got generally good results until whopping piles
of Spam Assassin processes started running out of control. In the heat
of the moment, I had to change something quickly (which in general, I
try to avoid) in such a way as to deterministically fix things right
o I didn't know much about spamc/spamd -- and didn't have time to learn.
o My best guess was that /usr/bin/spamassassin just wasn't keeping up
with mail resulting from the current Microsoft virus. So, I had
little reason to think daemonising SA would fix that.
o That seemed credible, because I've been getting really clobbered
as a result of recent MS-virus-related forged mails.
o For reasons posted separately, doing most vetting during SMTP-time
seemed inherently superior, and a combination of exim rulesets and
the exim-sa modification seemed the best way to do that.
o Given that I was going to try the foregoing, I figured I might as
well (finally) switch from Exim3 to Exim4 (since Exim3's a dead-end).
o And... well... I've lost a lot of sleep over the years to runaway Perl
scripts on production servers, so I can perhaps be forgiven for
jumping to conclusions about /usr/bin/spamassassin causing my recent
Cheers, Linux: It is now safe to turn on your computer.
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