sa-awl man page

sa-awl — examine and manipulate SpamAssassin's auto-whitelist db


sa-awl [--clean] [--min n] [dbfile]


Check or clean a SpamAssassin auto-whitelist (AWL) database file.

The name of the file is specified after any options, as "dbfile". The default is "$HOME/.spamassassin/auto-whitelist".



Clean out infrequently-used AWL entries.  The "--min" switch can be used to select the threshold at which entries are kept or deleted.

--min n

Select the threshold at which entries are kept or deleted when "--clean" is used.  The default is 2, so entries that have only been seen once are deleted.


The output looks like this:


For example:

     0.0         (0.0/7)  --|ip=208.192
    21.8        (43.7/2)  --|ip=200.106

"AVG" is the average score;  "TOTSCORE" is the total score of all mails seen so far;  "COUNT" is the number of messages seen from that sender;  "EMAIL" is the sender's email address, and "IPBASE" is the AWL base IP address.

AWL base IP address is a way to identify the sender's IP address they frequently send from, in an approximate way, but remaining hard for spammers to spoof.  The algorithm is as follows:

  - take the last Received header that contains a public IP address -- namely
    one which is not in private, unrouted IP space.

  - chop off the last two octets, assuming that the user may be in an ISP's
    dynamic address pool.


2017-02-12 perl v5.24.1 User Contributed Perl Documentation