spamassassin problem with upgrade

Guido Falsi mad at
Fri Feb 12 10:59:34 UTC 2010

On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 04:39:11AM -0600, eculp wrote:
> Spamassassin seems to crash everytime I try to start it.
> Starting spamd.
> child process [89827] exited or timed out without signaling
> production of a PID file: exit 25 at /usr/local/bin/spamd line 2544.
> It has always just worked.  Any suggestions.

Had this problem on two machines.

I solved it by deinstalling spamassassin and all perl modules it
depended upon, reinstalling it and all mandatory and optional perl
modules it requires.

The port has had a dependency problem for some time, it lokks like it
has been fixed now.

Since I'm using it with amavisd I also deinstalled it to be sure not to
mess up the ports dependencies.

I suggest you stop the mail system while you're doing this. I understand
this could be a big problem depending on the size of your site, anyway
if your machine is decently fast it should take just a few minutes. If
you have a secondary MX you should not loose any email and delivery
delays should be quite acceptable.

Guido Falsi <mad at>

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