Here's how I have spam assassin setup on my mail server. I installed spam assassin using perl's CPAN module, so I'm not sure how different it is from the ports install.

You need to have the spam assassin daemon (spamd) running. I imagine the port installs a startup script in /usr/local/etc/rc.d . If not, you can just add '/usr/bin/spamd &' to your /etc/rc.local

In my user's home directories I have a .forward file. In that file is a line like (the quotes are part of the file):

"|IFS=' ' && exec /usr/local/bin/procmail -Yf- || exit 75 #USERNAME"

replace USERNAME with the correct username.

I also have a .procmailrc file in the user's home directory. It looks something like:


#This will process the mail and flag it
* < 256000

#Uncomment the section below to delete spam on the server.
#* ^X-Spam-Flag: Yes

#other procmail rules go here

Again, replace USERNAME with the correct username.

With that default setup, users will receive spam, but it will flagged in the headers and have a blurb at the beginning which they can use to create filters in their mail client. I delete spam right on the server in my accounts.

You'll also have a procmailrc file in /usr/local/etc/ that you can put global (server wide) mail processing rules in.

Once spam assassin is functioning on a user's account there will be a .spamassassin folder in the home dir. You can use the .spamassassin/user_prefs file to fine tune their spam assassin if need be.

Hope this helps.
Clint Gilders <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Director of Technology Services, Inc.

Eric F Crist wrote:
Ok folks,

I'm very, very overwhelmed here. I think it comes from trying to setup too many things at once. I have sendmail running (from base install). I need to get SpamAssassin and Procmail working, with users having the ability to opt-out of the spam filtering. I mainly offer POP3 mail access (via qpopper) and I'm thinking of adding in Squirrelmail support with IMAP. I have a working mail/pop server and everything is fine there. The spam assassin port and procmail ports have been through a make install clean and I haven't the foggiest idea on how to get the two of them working together with sendmail. Please help.


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