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  The Fight Against Spam, Part 2
Subject:   Usually works well
Date:   2004-05-18 23:57:07
From:   ducasi
I've found that the Junk filter works very well, often beating our Spam Assassin setup in identifying spam.
However, on my Mac OS 10.3 machine it has (or had) a problem. It never, ever flagged as spam messages which had an old email address of mine in the headers. I made sure this email address didn't appear anywhere in my address book, account settings, or "previous recipients". I tried resetting the system, rebuilding the whole of my Mail system. I tried everything. Nothing worked.
Eventually I killed the old email address, but I'd be curious to know what the problem was, and whether it has been fixed since Mac OS 10.3.2.
Cheers!
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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Usually works well
    2004-05-19 06:37:29  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    While it is difficult to know what precisely happened on your installation without having a closer look at it, it is possible that one of the filter's cache files was corrupted, preventing it from working normally.

    Usually, deleting the file allows Mail to work again perfectly. The "MessageSorting.plist" file is a good candidate, for example.

    Let me know if this helps !

    F.J.