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MailScanner Installation Guide — mailscanner.conf

However, running it in the foreground may cause the mail server to run too slowly. All the required changes can be easily done by editing the commands used to start sendmail.

If the message contained a virus, do you want to modify the subject line? Where to put the code for your “Custom Functions”.

The other software it uses is all high quality open source software, leading to a system that can be trusted for performance and reliability. Do you want to allow messages whose body is stored somewhere else on the internet, which is downloaded separately by the user’s email package?

This is the text to add to the start of the subject if the “Size Modify Subject” option is set. A good example of this is a document macro virus or a Joke program.

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During this time you can either wait, or simply disable SpamAssassin checks until it has completed. How often in seconds should each process check mailscannee incoming mail queue for new messages?

Do you want to find spam using the “SpamAssassin” package? You may well consider, for example, zip and rar files to be archives, but maybe TNEF files to not be archives as they are really just another way of supplying attachments that is only used by Microsoft Exchange and Outlook.


It listens for incoming e-mail messages on the SMTP port, places them into a queue, and delivers them to their destination at the earliest opportunity. The original message will not be affected by this. However, the file is really an MS-Dos shortcut.

If a location specified in “Archive Mail” is not found, should it assume that the location is a file or a directory name? The maximum unpacked size of each file in an archive. To use a different configuration file, specify it on the MailScanner command line.

If enabled; this will log lots of debugging output to STDERR and to syslog to help pinpoint any errors in the returned database mailscannet and will show exactly what is being processed as the data is being loaded. MailScanner itself is entirely open source, but it uses widely known commercial virus scanning packages at its core.

When a virus or attachment is replaced by a plain-text warning, and that warning is an attachment, this is the filename of the new attachment. If the message sender is on any of the Spam Lists, do you still want to do the SpamAssassin checks?

This can also be the filename of a ruleset, so you can have different settings for different users.

Deleted Bad Filename Message Report. This will cause addresses from which you get real mail, to be marked so that it will never incorrectly spam-tag messages from those addresses. This is currently only used to check that you don’t end up using untested virus scanner support code without realising it. When attempting delivery of outgoing messages, should we do it in the background or wait for it to complete?


It does slightly slow down the startup of MailScanner, of course, but that is only gukde once and so it does not really matter. In the case of a regular correspondent whose mail server is marked as a source of spam, their address can be added to a “spam white list” of addresses or networks whose email will not be marked as spam. If a phishing fraud is detected, do you want to highlight the tag with a message stating that the link may be mailscahner a fraudulent web site.

Use the Custom Spam Scanner.

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That web page will explain in detail how to apply the patch. This option cannot be the filename of a ruleset, it must be a number. These messages are very likely to have roughly the same SpamAssassin score. When putting the value of the spam score of mzilscanner message into the headers, how do you want to format it.

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Custom Spam Scanner Timeout History. The numbers are all set in seconds. Set where to find the attachment filetype ruleset.

I will find the subdirectories automatically. All files starting with “.