Rsync Configuration

SSH into and run sudo vi /usr/local/spamassassin/automc/rsync/secrets.

  1. Determine the username for the requester. We typically use first initial/last name.
  2. Come up with a random password. Something like apg (available in most Linux distros, or in Homebrew for Mac) can help.
  3. Put the "username:password" pair in the secrets file.
sudo vi /usr/local/spamassassin/automc/rsync/secrets
add a line to the end like "username:3X498Qfgd4ioT2jE"

1.#4 Subscribe the user to the RuleQA mailing list - a remote administrator needs to send an email by with '=' instead of '@') after the command word - `<>`. A remote administrator can then confirm the subscription.

NOTE: If you are not a remote administrator, you can email the mailing list owners to perform the task by sending an email to

  1. Mail the user a message with the username and password in it.

Sample Message

Thank you for your interest in helping the Apache SpamAssassin Project with our RuleQA via the Nightly Mass Check.

Your rsync username is XXX, your password is XXX

The wiki at has some good instructions to get you started!

And if you have any questions, you've been added to the RuleQA Mailing list. You can post a question by emailing

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