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On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 11:05:55AM +0200, Benny Pedersen wrote:
> /usr/share/spamassassin < this dir is maintained by some package managers
> /var/lib/spamassassin is entirely done by spamassassin :-)
> i belive it was the real reason not to overwrite files

The slightly longer version:

- originally, sa-update was going to store stuff in /etc/mail/spamassassin =
whatever your site rules dir is), in much the same setup as now. and the
updates were going to be just that -- updates to the current rule set,
scores, new rules, etc, but the standard rules would still be used.

- certain folks had issues with something downloading updates to /etc, beca=
via the LSB, etc, that kind of stuff goes in /var.

- somewhere in there, it got decided that instead of just updates we should
allow distribution of the entire rule set. this allows for people to be
able to be more flexible with their installations, but also means that
people need to understand "updates" are really an alternate ruleset (so g=
updates.spamassassin.org if you expect to keep those rules when adding a =

So in the end, that's why /usr/share/spamassassin isn't used anymore -- peo=
have the ability to override the entire standard SA ruleset if they don't w=
to use it, and that's why /var is used instead of /usr or /etc.

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