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MailScanner - Virus/Spam Scanner for Sendmail, Exim and Postfix
MailScanner [-v] [configfile]
MailScanner starts the main MailScanner process. [configfile] should
point to a valid MailScanner configuration file (see
MailScanner.conf(5) for details). The default location for this file
depends on the operating system.
The main process then spawns n number of child processes. n is
configured in [configfile] with the option "Max Children". Each process
waits for messages to appear in the "Incoming Queue Dir", processes
these messages and then puts them in the "Outgoing Queue Dir". You may
need to adjust the configuration of your MTA (or the startup of your
MTA) to make it work with MailScanner.
-v Prints version information for Mailscanner and all used
It is important that your MTA only queues incoming mail and does not
deliver it automatically. You need two mail queues (incoming and
outgoing). Moreover you should setup two instances of your MTA. One
that accepts incoming mail and puts it to an incoming queue and one
that sends out mail that resides in the outgoing queue.
A common setup for Sendmail could look like this:
1. Verify that you already have one queue (e.g. in /var/spool/mqueue).
2. Create a second queue (e.g. /var/spool/mqueue.in) and apply the same
3. Change your sendmail startup from
sendmail -bd -q15m (or similar)
sendmail -bd -OPrivacyOptions=noetrn -ODeliveryMode=queueonly
A similar setup for Exim could look like this:
1. Create two queues (e.g. /var/spool/exim.in and /var/spool/exim.out)
with appropriate owner/group/mode (e.g. owner=mailnull, group=mail,
2. Create two exim configurations (e.g.
3. Make sure that the incoming exim configuration only queues mails and
never delivers mail itself. This can be achieved by using the Exim
config option "queue_only = true" and/or a special router definition
(Exim 4 syntax):
driver = manualroute
self = defer
transport = remote_smtp
route_list = * 127.0.0.1 byname
verify = false
4. Start two exim instances:
exim -C /usr/local/etc/exim/configure.in
exim -C /usr/local/etc/exim/configure.out