reload or restart after spamassassin/ change?

Dominic Raferd dominic at
Wed Apr 17 10:57:35 CEST 2019

On Tue, 12 Feb 2019 at 19:55, Patrick Ben Koetter <p at> wrote:

> * Patrick Proniewski <patrick.proniewski at>:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I often adjust scores in spamassassin config (spamassassin/
> and/or spamassassin/*.pre).
> > How should I proceed so that amavisd takes this modification into
> account:
> > - reload?
> > - restart?
> > - just wait?
> Unless you have a nightly cron job or systemd timer to restart/reload
> amavis
> you can reload it.

Just wanted to double check this, because it is counter-intuitive to me. I
thought amavis called SA 'from scratch' each time it wanted to use it, so
any change in SA config would be picked up immediately (because SA must
reload its config each time it is called by amavis as there is no running
SA daemon). If that is not the case, can someone explain why?
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