[Mimedefang] SpamAssassin 3.1.0 auto-whitelist lockfile problem

Andrew Gilhooley ajg at grid-itc.com
Wed Nov 30 11:08:23 EST 2005

I've been trying to get SA 3.1.0 to do its auto-whitelist thing with MD 
for some time.  Mail log is reporting:

Slave 0 stderr: auto-whitelist: open of auto-whitelist file failed: 
locker: safe_lock: cannot create tmp lockfile 
for /root/.spamassassin/auto-whitelist.lock: Permission denied

for each multiplexor it tries to start.  From the archives here and 
googling elsewhere I see this has been seen, but I've not seen any 
solutions presented.

So ... a possible solution (I've not subjected this to any testing with 
any version of SA other than 3.1.0).

Open "mimedefang.pl" and find the "spam_assassin_init" routine (line 
6258 in MD 2.54).  Where it makes the new SpamAssassin object, add the 

    userstate_dir => "/dir/where/you/want/db/files",

... so the entire piece reads something like:

    $SASpamTester = Mail::SpamAssassin->new({
        local_tests_only   => $SALocalTestsOnly,
        dont_copy_prefs    => 1,
        userprefs_filename => $config,
        userstate_dir => "/dir/where/you/want/files",

Usual rules apply for the directory - create it by hand and make it 700 
for your defang user.

This works for me on FC3.

Dunno if someone could put this into a nice configuration option :))

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