Subject: Re: prerequisite packages for spamassassin 3.1.0
To: Johnny Lam <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 11/14/2005 18:21:18
On Mon, 14 Nov 2005, Johnny Lam wrote:

> Other packages that have these types of optional dependencies use a MESSAGE
> file that notes that "these other packages, if installed, provided extra
> functionality".  I would recommend adding such a MESSAGE file to the
> spamassassin package.  Using PKG_OPTIONS to turn on/off these types of
> dependencies is just too heavy IMO, so I think the best thing we can do for
> now is to inform the admin/user.

Yes, that sounds correct for "loose" dependencies -- however, if it is
necessary to configure support for the extra package, it should be off by
default rather than triggering warning messages (as in this case).

I personally vote for both changing the default config to disable SPF, *and*
adding a note to MESSAGE informing the user about the SPF package and its
spamassassin configuration option.

-- Todd Vierling <> <> <>