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Making Spamass-Milt respect virtusertable and aliases (fwd)

From: Tony Shadwick
Subject: Making Spamass-Milt respect virtusertable and aliases (fwd)
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 14:10:08 +0000 (GMT)


Okay, no fault of yours, but I'm having serious issues with spamass-milt,
serious enough that my boss is considering making me taking it off. :(

We have a few users that are getting e-mails from virtual host addresses
delivered locally.  For example:

We have a mail host,  I create the user 'limited'.  Their
e-mail address is now address@hidden

On an external mail exchanger (not the same system) there is a
virtusertable entry stating that  address@hidden is actually

Said user HATES spamassassin, and is demanding that it be taken off of
his account.  Okay, so I go into his user_prefs and set his threshhold to
100.  His mail is still getting tagged as spam because spamassassin is
looking for the user 'bob' to read his prefs, isn't finding that user, so
it's using the global defaults instead of ever thinking to look at

I have a similar situation going on with my own mail server.  My username
is numbski, but I have several virtusertable entries set up, most notably,
tony.  I have much mail that is spam showing up addressed to tony that
never reads my prefs file.  In this case, the virtusertable is local.

I have one workaround in mind, but it's a real kludge.  In my first
example, it would be to create the user bob, symlink his ~/.spamassassin
directory to limited's home, set a .forward in bob's home directory to

Okay, so wishful thinking is something that checks /etc(/mail)/aliases and
/etc/mail/virtusertable and uses the correct user_prefs.  Is there a way I
can manually set this up on a per-user basis so I don't have users wanting
to rip my head off?

Tony Shadwick
Manager of Internet Services
Strategic Technology Group
314-872-3000 x105

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 22:30:24 +0000 (GMT)
From: Tony Shadwick <address@hidden>
To: address@hidden
Subject: Making Spamass-Milt respect virtusertable and aliases

This isn't hugely high on my priority list, but I was wondering if it's
possible to get the milter to look at not just the user name, but to check
aliases and virtusertable to use the appropriate user_prefs for filtering?
I personally have dozens of aliases and virtusertable entries that get to
me in one form or another, it would be nice for them to all use my
user_prefs file.  Any way to do this out of the box, or does it require a

Tony Shadwick
Manager of Internet Services
Strategic Technology Group

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