Save me from spams

arora.himanshu at arora.himanshu at
Wed Feb 9 17:47:46 UTC 2005

I appreciate your suggestion but the problem is not this. The
configuration of mail server is not so simple.  I want to check my
mails from anywhere in the institute. I use putty or ssh for the same.
I can't install ThunderBird on each and every PC.Moreover everyuser
has a disk quota limit of 20 MB. I cannot install spamassassin as
someone else suggested because of 20MB limit. I cannot buy a new
powerful server because this server belongs to my institute.

Himanshu Arora

On Wed, 9 Feb 2005 12:07:30 -0500, Matt Morgan <minxmertzmomo at> wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Feb 2005 08:53:03 -0800, arora.himanshu at
> <arora.himanshu at> wrote:
> > Hi Folks,
> >              I am suffering from serious spam problem. I know that i
> > can use spamassassin for this purpose but my system administrator has
> > disabled this facility might be he thinks that it would slow down the
> > server. I have no way to detect spams. I used procmail, it works for
> > 20% of the cases because i used some specific dictionary words to
> > check for spam because these mails are related to some particular
> > subject. I cannot filter the mails because the mails are from
> > different email IDs. The idea of using specific dictionary word failed
> > because they used some special characters to represent some characters
> > e.g. they used /\ for A. 1(one) or | (pipe) in place I( I for Indigo)
> > \/ (backslash and forward slash ) for V.
> >             I want a program which is not heavy in terms of CPU cycles
> > consumed, which i can run from from my home directory(independent of
> > binaries installed on the server). Might be a simple perl script.
> > Please reply me from where  i can get this program. It need not be
> > very accurate. 70% to 80% accuracy is fine.
> The first thing I would do is switch to Thunderbird as a mail client,
> and turn on adaptive junk mail filtering (Tools--Junk Mail Controls).
> It has an accuracy at least as good as what you need, once it's
> "trained," and using it is painless.
> Then I would start nagging my system admin about SpamAssassin anyway.
> At work I have SpamAssassin plus Thunderbird, and it works a lot
> better than Thunderbird alone (which is what I do at home). SA may
> slow down the server a little, but you can almost always buy a faster
> server for a lot less than the value of the time all the people are
> wasting. I mean, the whole reason we have computers is that they're
> much better than people at mindless, repetitive tasks. Spam killing is
> a job for computers, not people.

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