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Mail::Box::Search::SpamAssassin - select spam messages with Mail::SpamAssassin


   is a Mail::Box::Search
   is a Mail::Reporter


 use Mail::Box::Manager;
 my $mgr    = Mail::Box::Manager->new;
 my $folder = $mgr->open('Inbox');

 my $spam = Mail::Box::Search::SpamAssassin->new;
 if($spam->search($message)) {...}

 my @msgs   = $filter->search($folder);
 foreach my $msg ($folder->messages)
 {   $msg->delete if $msg->label('spam');

 my $spam2 = Mail::Box::Search::SpamAssassin
               ->new(deliver => 'DELETE');
 $mgr->moveMessages($spamfolder, $folder->messages('spam'));


Spam means "unsollicited e-mail", and is as name derived from a Monty Python scatch. Although Monty Python is fun, spam is a pain: it needlessly spoils minutes of time from most people: telephone bills, overful mailboxes which block honest e-mail, and accidentally removal of honest e-mail which looks like spam. Spam is the pest of Internet.

Happily, Mail::Box can be used as spam filter, in combination with the useful Mail::SpamAssassin module (which must be installed separately). Each message which is searched is wrapped in a Mail::Message::Wrapper::SpamAssassin object.

The spam-assassin module version 2 is not really well adapted for Mail::Message objects, which will make this search even slower than spam-detection already is.

See documentation in base class.


See documentation in base class.


See documentation in base class.


Create a spam filter. Internally, a Mail::SpamAssassin object is maintained.

Only the whole message can be searched; this is a limitation of the Mail::SpamAssassin module.

 -Option       --Defined in       --Default
  binaries       Mail::Box::Search  <false>
  decode         Mail::Box::Search  <true>
  delayed        Mail::Box::Search  <true>
  deleted        Mail::Box::Search  <false>
  deliver        Mail::Box::Search  undef
  in             Mail::Box::Search  'MESSAGE'
  label                             c<'spam'>
  limit          Mail::Box::Search  0
  log            Mail::Reporter     'WARNINGS'
  logical        Mail::Box::Search  'REPLACE'
  multiparts     Mail::Box::Search  <true>
  rewrite_mail                      <true>
  sa_options                        { }
  spam_assassin                     undef
  trace          Mail::Reporter     'WARNINGS'
binaries => BOOLEAN
decode => BOOLEAN
delayed => BOOLEAN
deleted => BOOLEAN
deliver => undef|CODE|'DELETE'
label => STRING|undef

Mark all selected message with the specified STRING. If this option is explicitly set to undef, the label will not be set.

limit => NUMBER
log => LEVEL
logical => 'REPLACE'|'AND'|'OR'|'NOT'|'AND NOT'|'OR NOT'
multiparts => BOOLEAN
rewrite_mail => BOOLEAN

Add lines to the message header describing the results of the spam scan. See Mail::SpamAssassin::PerMsgStatus subroutine rewrite_mail.

sa_options => HASH

Options to create the internal Mail::SpamAssassin object; see its manual page for the available options. Other setting may be provided via SpamAssassins configuration file mechanism, which is explained in Mail::SpamAssassin::Conf.

spam_assassin => OBJECT

Provide a Mail::SpamAssassin object to be used for searching spam. If none is specified, one is created internally. The object can be retreived with assassinator().

trace => LEVEL


 my $filter = Mail::Box::Search::SpamAssassin
               ->new( found => 'DELETE' );


See documentation in base class.


Returns the internally maintained assassinator object. You may want to reach this object for complex configuration.

$obj->inBody(PART, BODY)

See "Searching" in Mail::Box::Search

$obj->inHead(PART, HEAD)

See "Searching" in Mail::Box::Search


See "Searching" in Mail::Box::Search


See "Searching" in Mail::Box::Search

The Results

See documentation in base class.

$obj->printMatch([FILEHANDLE], HASH)

See "The Results" in Mail::Box::Search

Error handling

See documentation in base class.


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter

Mail::Box::Search::SpamAssassin->defaultTrace([LEVEL]|[LOGLEVEL, TRACELEVEL]|[LEVEL, CALLBACK])

See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter

$obj->log([LEVEL [,STRINGS]])
Mail::Box::Search::SpamAssassin->log([LEVEL [,STRINGS]])

See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See "Error handling" in Mail::Reporter


See documentation in base class.


See "Cleanup" in Mail::Reporter


Error: Package $package does not implement $method.

Fatal error: the specific package (or one of its superclasses) does not implement this method where it should. This message means that some other related classes do implement this method however the class at hand does not. Probably you should investigate this and probably inform the author of the package.


This module is part of Mail-Box distribution version 2.108, built on June 25, 2013. Website:


Copyrights 2001-2013 by [Mark Overmeer]. For other contributors see ChangeLog.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. See

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