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Manual Reference Pages  -  ASKFILTER (1)

NAME

askfilter - Active Spam Killer

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Options
Files
Documentation
Bugs
Author

SYNOPSIS

askfilter [--procmail] [--logfile=logfile] [--loglevel=loglevel] [--home=homedir]

DESCRIPTION

Active Spam Killer (ASK) is a challenge-authentication anti-spam tool that attempts to validate unknown senders before allowing delivery of their message. Validation occurs by means of a challenge reply sent to senders who are not yet known to the system. Messages are kept in a queue pending confirmation until the sender replies to the challenge. Further messages coming from confirmed senders are delivered immediately.

ASK expects incoming mails on the standard input and performs delivery directly to the user’s mailbox, as specified in the ~.askrc configuration file. If using the --procmail switch, ASK works as a procmail(1) filter, delivering messages to stdout and setting the appropriate return code for procmail.

New users should always execute the asksetup(1) bootstrap program to create the initial ~/.ask directory and a template .askrc file.

OPTIONS

--procmail In this mode, normal messages will be delivered to stdout and the corresponding exit codes will be used to mark delivery or not. Use this switch when invoking ASK from procmail(1)

--logfile=filename Specifies the file to be used for logging.

--loglevel=loglevel Specifies the desired logging level. Defaults to 0 (no logging).

--home=homedir Use homedir as the user’s home directory. This is needed with some MTAs that do not set the HOME environment variable. It is also useful to run several, isolated ASK configurations with a unique user account.

FILES

~/.askrc
Main configuration file.
~/.ask
This directory contains the queued files, temporary files and lists.

DOCUMENTATION

The program’s home page and the complete documentation can be found at http://www.paganini.net/ask

BUGS

Bugs? Where? :)

AUTHOR

Marco Paganini <paganini@paganini.net>

SEE ALSO

asksenders(1), asksetup(1), procmail(1)
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