Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 172153
/etc/mail is not an ideal place for spamassasin config files
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:16 EST
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Description of problem:
The directory /etc/mail is for the Sendmail MTA. When using an MTA other than
Sendmail it's not used for anything other than Spamassasin. It doesn't make
sense to have this implicit connection between Spamassasin and Sendmail.
Could you please change spamassasin to use /etc/spamassasin for it's config
files with a sym-link for compatibility if necessary.
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Steps to Reproduce:
I'm not sure why we did it this way in the past. It will take me a while to
figure out exactly how to make the transition to allow for smooth upgrades.
I'll look at this soon.
How much of a problem is this to keep it here? It will be further complicated
that this is the upstream location too. =(
My guess is that it dates back to when Sendmail was the only viable option for
I would be surprised if the upstream authors don't change their location when
it's suggested to them. mail.spamassassin.org is running Postfix...
What are the implications of *not* changing this? It has been here for a long
time and I'd really like to avoid moving it. (I still need to ask upstream what
they would prefer.)
at this stage, we're (upstream) pretty stuck with /etc/mail, unless someone can
present a compelling reason; having to check both /etc/mail/spamassassin and
/etc/spamassassin feels a little kludgy. If you'd like, open an upstream bug
and see what the other committers say...
Indeed checking both locations would be kludgy. I also worry a little about all
the past documentation pointing at /etc/mail and confusion it would cause to
have new documentation pointing at the different location. It is easier for the
users to keep it consistent if it is technologically possible.
Apparently neither of my two last responses got through, so here's a short version. SA already checks
multiple locations for configs, including /etc/spamassassin. However, the installer and such do /etc/mail/
spamassassin by default.
After thinking of this for a while more, I am inclined to leave it as is. This
will help to limit difficulties in upgrading from one RH package version to
another while keeping everything consistent in configuration.