spamassassin problem with upgrade

Jez Hancock jez.hancock at
Fri Feb 12 23:00:35 UTC 2010

On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 8:36 PM, eculp <eculp at> wrote:

> Quoting Jez Hancock <jez.hancock at>:
>> I found that if I started the service on the commandline using:
>> spamd -d -C /usr/local/etc/mail/spamassassin/ -r /var/run/spamd/
> Is this actually scoring your email, normally?  IMO, the -C should point to
> the configuration files that are in /usr/local/share/spamassassin which
> generates the original error.
> I tried your version and it does what you said but doesn't actually score
> spam.
Urgh no!  I realized after I'd last posted on the list that that commandline
doesn't actually do anything to filter my spam... grr. :(

I then went on to try fixing the problem as quoted above using pkg_rmleaves
(ran pkg_rmleaves, removed p5-Mail-Spamassassin and all it's dependencies,
reinstalled SA), but this did not fix the problem for me either.

After that I reverted SA back to the old version just to stem the flow of
spam for now until either a fix is released or I get the chance to look into
it further.

FYI if anyone wants to revert back to the old version of the SA port, what I
did was:

   1. cd /usr/ports/ports-mgmt/portdowngrade/ (fantastic tool!)
   2. make install clean
   3. portdowngrade -s:pserver:anoncvs at
   mail/p5-Mail-SpamAssassin -o (when prompted, login using password 'anoncvs')
   4. Select '5' when prompted (double check this though, pick the version
   of SA you want to revert back to).
   5. Opt to revert back to that version in portdowngrade when prompted.
   6. portupgrade -f p5-Mail-SpamAssassin
   7. Start SA.

That should hopefully have the effect of reverting back to the old version
of SA and allow you to start the daemon without the error message.

All the best.

Jez Hancock
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