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Finally MailScanner and SpamAssassin are playing nicely

December 17th, 2006 at 6:36 pm

Ever since I switched to a new hosting provider in October, I have had full administrative control over my web and mail server. That has been going great, but…for the life of me, I could not get a decent spam filtering setup working. For some reason, when I enabled MailScanner's spam filtering via SpamAssassin, an endless loop occurred where MailScanner would start up, see that mail was present to scan in the Postfix queue, and then restart.

After disabling the spam filtering, it worked just fine, except for the fact that I was getting too many junk emails each day. I finally broke down last night and installed a more up to date version of MailScanner than that which ships with Ubuntu. After re-configuring everything the setup worked! Now I can finally have spam emails deleted before they arrive in my inbox. That was a very basic description of the solution, but I don't want to go too far over the heads of my readers.

For those who don't know, my new hosting provider is called RimuHosting. They provide virtual Linux servers running on the Xen virtual machine framework. This means you can treat the server almost as if it was your own piece of hardware in a data center. You can install whatever software you want whenever you want. I have been wanting this level of control for quite some time, and the recent advances in virtual machine technology have made it possible. That enough of that little plug, but do mention me if you decide to go with RimuHosting for you web hosting needs.

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