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Linux E-mail by Ralf Hildebrandt, Patrick Ben Koetter, Magnus Back, Ian Haycox, David Rusenko, Carl Taylor, Alistair McDonald

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Customizing SpamAssassin

SpamAssassin is very configurable. Almost every setting can be configured on a system-wide or user-specific basis.

Reasons to customize

If SpamAssassin is so good, then why configure it? Well, there are several reasons why it's worth improving spam filtering with SpamAssassin.

  • SpamAssassin by default (that is, when installed but not customized) typically manages to detect over 80% of spam. After adding a few customizations, the detection rate can be greater than 95%.
  • Everyone's spam is different and one user's spam might look like another user's ham. By trying to be general, SpamAssassin may fail to filter spam for every user.
  • Some of the features of SpamAssassin are disabled by default. By enabling them, the spam recognition ...

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