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Old 04-12-2006, 11:57 AM   #1
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Spamassassin checking some messages, but not others


I've got a small problem where spamassassin is working well on my Redhat Enterprise Linux 3ES, but ignoring some messages that are definately spam.
The spamassassin headers are not being inserted into the messages, and I am guessing that it is being totally ignored by spamassassin.
This presents a problem where multiple spam messages are getting through.

Below is a sample of a message that should have been checked by spamassassin, but as you can see, no headers were inserted.

I checked the procmail setup, and all email that is over 256000 bytes are passed onto spamassassin.

Here is a sample email header that should have been marked as spam, but nothing happened, any advise would be greatly appreciated. I use webmin to interface with the server.

From line From Wed Apr 12 16:44:03 2006
Return-Path: <>
Received: from -1210593816 ( [])by (8.12.11/8.12.11) with SMTP id k3CFht6c029742for <>; Wed, 12 Apr 2006 16:44:02 +0100
Received: from (-1210744072 [-1211088696])by (Qmailv1) with ESMTP id 99DE7DA650for <>; Wed, 12 Apr 2006 10:40:29 -0500
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 10:40:29 -0500
From: "Lisbon J. Spiritually" <>
X-Mailer: The Bat! (v2.00.6) Personal
X-Priority: 3
Message-ID: <>
To: Protect <>
Subject: Be leaner and slimmer by next week!
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;boundary="----------A407AA819B666A4"
X-AntiVirus: checked by AntiVir MailGate (version:; AVE:; VDF:; host:
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If you think the problem is with Spamassassin not reacting like it should (provided you did enough training and learning is "on") you could let Spamassassin generate the full analysis of email. Here's an example how:
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I have turned off auto learning for that specific user. Basically I have a huge collection of spam and I let spamassassin learn through that mailbox.

Will auto-learn being turned off stop spamassassin checking certain messages?

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I took one of the spammy emails and saved the raw code as a text document. When I ran:
spamassassin -D < /usr/share/doc/spamassassin-3.1.0/ajspamsample1.txt in the command line, it correctly identified the message as spam, yet the same message made it through the filters with no headers added in the persons email box.

Do you think it could be an installation issue, or maybe an issue in sendmail / procmail ?


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