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9.17.5 Spam Package Configuration Examples

Ted's setup

From Ted Zlatanov <>.

     ;; for gnus-registry-split-fancy-with-parent and spam autodetection
     ;; see gnus-registry.el for more information
      spam-log-to-registry t     ; for spam autodetection
      spam-use-BBDB t
      spam-use-regex-headers t   ; catch X-Spam-Flag (SpamAssassin)
      ;; all groups with ‘spam’ in the name contain spam
       '(("spam" gnus-group-spam-classification-spam))
      ;; see documentation for these
      spam-move-spam-nonspam-groups-only nil
      spam-mark-only-unseen-as-spam t
      spam-mark-ham-unread-before-move-from-spam-group t
      ;; understand what this does before you copy it to your own setup!
      ;; for nnimap you'll probably want to set nnimap-split-methods, see the manual
      nnimap-split-fancy '(|
                           ;; trace references to parents and put in their group
                           (: gnus-registry-split-fancy-with-parent)
                           ;; this will catch server-side SpamAssassin tags
                           (: spam-split 'spam-use-regex-headers)
                           (any "ding" "ding")
                           ;; note that spam by default will go to ‘spam
                           (: spam-split)
                           ;; default mailbox
     ;; my parameters, set with G p
     ;; all nnml groups, and all nnimap groups except
     ;;’ and
     ;;’: any spam goes to nnimap training,
     ;; because it must have been detected manually
     ((spam-process-destination . ""))
     ;; all NNTP groups
     ;; autodetect spam with the blacklist and ham with the BBDB
     ((spam-autodetect-methods spam-use-blacklist spam-use-BBDB)
     ;; send all spam to the training group
      (spam-process-destination . ""))
     ;; only some NNTP groups, where I want to autodetect spam
     ((spam-autodetect . t))
     ;; my nnimap ‘’ group
     ;; this is a spam group
     ((spam-contents gnus-group-spam-classification-spam)
      ;; any spam (which happens when I enter for all unseen messages,
      ;; because of the gnus-spam-newsgroup-contents setting above), goes to
      ;;’ unless I mark it as ham
      (spam-process-destination "")
      ;; any ham goes to my ‘’ folder, but
      ;; also to my ‘’ folder for training
      (ham-process-destination ""
      ;; in this group, only ‘!’ marks are ham
      ;; remembers senders in the blacklist on the way out---this is
      ;; definitely not needed, it just makes me feel better
      (spam-process (gnus-group-spam-exit-processor-blacklist)))
     ;; Later, on the IMAP server I use the ‘train’ group for training
     ;; SpamAssassin to recognize spam, and the ‘trainham’ group fora
     ;; recognizing ham---but Gnus has nothing to do with it.
Using spam.el on an IMAP server with a statistical filter on the server

From Reiner Steib <>.

My provider has set up bogofilter (in combination with DCC) on the mail server (IMAP). Recognized spam goes to ‘spam.detected’, the rest goes through the normal filter rules, i.e., to ‘some.folder’ or to ‘INBOX’. Training on false positives or negatives is done by copying or moving the article to ‘training.ham’ or ‘training.spam’ respectively. A cron job on the server feeds those to bogofilter with the suitable ham or spam options and deletes them from the ‘training.ham’ and ‘training.spam’ folders.

With the following entries in gnus-parameters, spam.el does most of the job for me:

         (gnus-article-sort-functions '(gnus-article-sort-by-chars))
         (ham-process-destination "nnimap:INBOX" "nnimap:training.ham")
         (spam-contents gnus-group-spam-classification-spam))
         (spam-process-destination . "nnimap:training.spam")
         (spam-contents gnus-group-spam-classification-ham))
Reporting spam articles in Gmane groups with spam-report.el

From Reiner Steib <>.

With following entry in gnus-parameters, S x (gnus-summary-mark-as-spam) marks articles in gmane.* groups as spam and reports the to Gmane at group exit:

         (spam-process (gnus-group-spam-exit-processor-report-gmane)))

Additionally, I use (setq spam-report-gmane-use-article-number nil) because I don't read the groups directly from, but through my local news server (leafnode). I.e., the article numbers are not the same as on, thus spam-report.el has to check the X-Report-Spam header to find the correct number.