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While we are happy to provide free support through our Tutorials, FAQs and the occasional e-mail advice, this cannot replace personalised support. A professional consultant can fix in a matter of hours what could take you days of trial and error.

Where is the crontab file located for mailbfr?

mailbfr uses the root crontab. You can either edit it directly or use mailbfr -i to add/remove the cron job.

Where can I find all available options for spamtrainer?

Basic instructions are given in the enclosed documentation. All options are listed in the online documentation. To see it, issue "man spamtrainer".

When backing up the bayes database, do I need a path or a filename?

Both. You will need to tell spamtrainer the filename and its location. For example: /volumes/mydisk/mydirectory/myfile

Why do my mails NOT get deleted when using “spamtrainer -d”?

The most likely causes are: The junkmail/notjunkmail mailbox is being used by another user when spamtrainer wants to access it. The mail header contains a date in the future (very common with SPAM). The junkmail/notjunkmail mailbox is corrupted and needs reconstruction. You have altered the ACLs on your junkmail/notjunkmail mailbox.

spamtrainer thinks the path I have given is not correct?

Most likely your path contains spaces. This is generally not advisable. If you cannot take the spaces out of your path for some reason, you will need to “escape” them.

Do I need to manually stop/start mail services when using spamtrainer?

No. If services need to be stopped/started, spamtrainer will do this for you.


Latest FAQs

Is spamtrainer compatible with OS X 10.13.x High Sierra and OS X Server 5.4?

Yes, starting with version 2.2.3, spamtrainer is compatible with OS X 10.13.x High Sierra and OS X Server 5.4.
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Is spamtrainer compatible with OS X 10.12.x Sierra and OS X Server 5.3?

Yes, starting with version 2.2.2, spamtrainer is compatible with OS X 10.12.x Sierra and OS X Server 5.3.
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Error when sending mail from Roundcube Webmail

Symptom: You can login to Roundcube/Webmail but receive an error when sending. Possible Solution: Edit the following file /usr/local/topicdesk/roundcube/WebApp/config/ Add the following 2 lines $config['smtp_user'] = '%u'; $config['smtp_pass'] = '%p'; Changes take effect immediately, no need to logout. Test sending mail. Please leave a comment if this worked for you, or if it didn't and you'd like additional advice. Jeff
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Why did Server 5.1 break Roundcube Webmail ?

It appears that Server 5.1 doesn't properly activate webapps for the two default websites. This issue only effects roundcube installations upgraded to Server 5.1 Roundcube can be installed or re-installed on Server 5.1 without issue. Quick Fix To re-activate the webapp after upgrading to Server 5.1, run this command: sudo /Applications/ start com.topicdesk.roundcube
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How Do I Add a Webmail Icon to the Default OS X Server Page?

Please read the complete tutorial before attempting This tutorial is valid for OS X 10.10 & 10.11 running Server app 5 To complete this tutorial you will need Terminal and your favorite text editor (Sublime Text or Adobe Brackets are great for this) and of course admin privileges. Step 1 - copy default page to Desktop To locate the correct path for your language paste this command into Terminal ls /Library/Server/Web/Data/Sites/Default/ In Terminal paste in the following code: This example is using the English version simply adjust for your default server language cp -H /Library/Server/Web/Data/Sites/Default/default.html.en ~/Desktop/default.html Step 2 Now that…
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