this is a note of thanks to the ‘spamassassin’ folks....
for some yonks now, I've been happily using a custom 3.1.8
installation on SUSE 9.1 (née c.2.6.4 ?). all my HDDs, and
my power supply (PS), crapped out over the last few months,
so I've been having a rather continuing series of assorted
and unpleasant nightmares. ;-(
I've finally got a new HDD and PS installed, and Kbuntu 9.10
(no problems to-date) installed, and recovered (most of) my
critical data. one thing that was scaring me was getting the
e-mail put back together, with my odd and old spamassassin
(especially the Bayes database) being the largest worry (mostly
since I've never ever upgraded ‘spamassassin’ before!).
as it happens, there were (almost) NO problems: copying the
old config files, and/or editing the new ones, all in a very
trivial and obvious manner, was all it took (this applies not
only to ‘spamassassin‘ but to the MTA (postfix) and MUA (nmh)).
[KU]buntu's 9.10 ‘spamassassin’ (3.2.5) had no problems at
all with using my elderly 3.1.8 config and database — the only
puzzle I ran into was ‘spamc’s ‘-p<PORT>’ option must now be
written ‘-pPORT’ (sans space) in the ‘.procmailrc’ rather
than ‘-p PORT’ (with space). annoying, and the diagnostic
was less than clear, but not very serious. (please don't
ask me now why I'm using a non-standard PORT number, I no
longer recall why, and also failed to note the reason in
a comment/documentation.... ;-\ (which is really Really
embarrassing, since a lack of rationale is one of my most
common reasons for rejecting/re-working submitted patches
in my job! ;-€ )).
anyways, thanks to the ‘spamassassin’ team for ensuring the
user-local data (prefs & Bayes database & (mostly) command
lines) are compatible between the 3.1 and 3.2 versions!
cheers & happy new years!
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