Bug 5851

Summary: update manpages to warn that the -C command line option is not normally needed.
Product: Spamassassin Reporter: Matt Kettler <mkettler_sa>
Component: DocumentationAssignee: SpamAssassin Developer Mailing List <dev>
Status: NEW ---    
Severity: enhancement    
Priority: P5    
Version: SVN Trunk (Latest Devel Version)   
Target Milestone: Undefined   
Hardware: Other   
OS: All   

Description Matt Kettler 2008-03-13 01:44:25 UTC
Over the years I've seen a lot of misuse of the -C option by well meaning new users who think they need to specify everything (most commonly they use -C /etc/mail/spamassassin). Of course, this causes the default rules dir to be over-ridden by the site dir, eliminating the default ruleset completely.

I even recently found this mistake in some wiki articles and a simple google for "-C /etc/mail/spamassassin" will show how common this mistake is.

We really should clarify the manpages to point out this isn't really necessary, and should only be used by advanced users.