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[Discuss] Torrent of new spam

On February 17, 2017, Rich Braun wrote:
>> ... my approach to spam is to run spastic (
>> and spamassassin in sequence.
>I'm not familiar with spastic; its description at sourceforge doesn't provide
>much of a clue as to how it would complement spamassassin.

Where spamassassin is based on heuristics, spastic is literal. You
simply create blacklists and whitelists for blocking & permitting
emails. The lists can include "To" and "From" addresses, subject lines
(substrings), body text, etc.  Each list is a plain text file.

You can get exactly the same functionality by using procmail and
~/.spamassassin/user_prefs, but spastic is simpler. Received a spam
from idiot at Just add "idiot at" or "" to a
text file, and you're done.

Spastic by itself is too simple to catch spams that vary their
content, but it's a helpful complement to spamassassin.

Dan Barrett
dbarrett at

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