[Greylist-users] Re: Wonderful! (fwd)

Evan Harris eharris at puremagic.com
Sun Jul 6 00:00:26 PDT 2003

For the benefit of everyone on the mailing list, I'm forwarding parts of two
emails from a exchange that took place offlist.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2003 13:57:50 -0700
From: Alan Batie
To: Evan Harris
Subject: Re: Wonderful!

Your greylisting package is working great --- it's cut the spam filtering
load on my system by about 90%.  Here's the count of messages filtered by
spamassassin on my account alone for the last week or so:

    Spam count: 1008
    Spam count: 985
    Spam count: 1068
    Spam count: 987
    Spam count: 914
    Spam count: 998
    Spam count: 1137
    Spam count: 1192
    Spam count: 99
    Spam count: 105

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2003 01:07:00 -0700
From: Alan Batie
To: Evan Harris
Subject: Re: Wonderful!

On Sat, Jul 05, 2003 at 12:29:46AM -0500, Evan Harris wrote:

> >     Spam count: 1008
> >...
> >     Spam count: 105
EH> Glad to hear it.  But I'm more interested in how well it's catching the
EH> spams that spamassassin doesn't catch.  Any estimates on that?

Well, before, spamassassin was catching roughly 1000/day and around 15 were
leaking through.  Now, 900 never make it to spamassassin, it catches another
100 and 2-3 make it through.  That 900 is a godsend though: I was seeing
load averages hit 25 even 40+ once, I think.  I switched to the spamd mode,
but that only helped a little, and spamd is way too buggy, frequently going
into an infinite loop.  With greylisting, I can go back to regular
spamassassin and never notice it.

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