postgrey question

Bill Moran wmoran at
Wed Jun 1 10:33:29 PDT 2005

Bart Silverstrim <bsilver at> wrote:
> On Jun 1, 2005, at 10:22 AM, Bill Moran wrote:
> > Bart Silverstrim <bsilver at> wrote:
> >
> >> I've been looking into ways of improving our spam filtering.  
> >> Currently
> >> I'm running postfix with amavisd-new (spamassassin and clamav), and 
> >> saw
> >> an article on greylisting using postgrey.  Turns out there's a port 
> >> for
> >> it already in FreeBSD.
> >>
> >> I am still googling for info, but as I understand it the policy will
> >> inject the message to another queue for postgrey to evaluate?  If this
> >> is true, what happens if I install it while still running the
> >> postfix/amavis solution, which is also a double-queue system for
> >> evaluation of messages?  Will doing a make install for postgrey damage
> >> the installation we currently have in place and working?
> >>
> >> Anyone else running postgrey with amavis on postfix, on FreeBSD?  I'd
> >> appreciate any feedback/experiences people have to offer.
> >
> > Yes, I'm running Postgrey with Amavis on FreeBSD.  Works great.
> >
> > The short answer is that Postgrey plays nice with Amavis.
> >
> > The medium-length answer is that Postgrey simply becomes another check
> > that is run.  Postfix has a "policy service" hook that allows Postfix
> > to consult with an outside program prior to accepting mail.  This is
> > a different process than the multi-queue system that Amavis uses, and
> > the two co-exist nicely.  Postgrey works more like the rbl checks than
> > the multi-queue system that Amavis uses.
> >
> > The long answer is contained in the technical details of Postfix, and
> > the Postfix source code, and I won't attempt to duplicate that here ;)
> Are there instructions you know of for the installation to get postgrey 
> to integrate with postfix from ports on FreeBSD?  (Huh?)
> Um...let's rephrase.  Is there a reference of what needs to be done 
> after running "make install" in the postgrey port directory to get 
> postfix to see it and use it, preferably without killing the working 
> amavisd?

You'll need to put the following in /etc/rc.conf:
as specified by the port, and enter a line like:
in /usr/local/etc/postfix/ (please check the Postgrey docs, I'm pulling
this from memory and I'm not 100% sure it's exactly right).

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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