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Mail::SpamAssassin::Conf::Parser - parse SpamAssassin configuration


  (see Mail::SpamAssassin)


Mail::SpamAssassin is a module to identify spam using text analysis and several internet-based realtime blacklists.

This class is used internally by SpamAssassin to parse its configuration files. Please refer to the Mail::SpamAssassin documentation for public interfaces.


This is the structure of a config-setting block. Each is a hashref which may contain these keys:


the name of the setting it modifies, e.g. "required_score". this also doubles as the default for 'command' (below). THIS IS REQUIRED.


The command string used in the config file for this setting. Optional; 'setting' will be used for the command if this is omitted.


An [aryref] of other aliases for the same command. optional.


The type of this setting:

 - $CONF_TYPE_NOARGS: must not have any argument, like "clear_headers"
 - $CONF_TYPE_STRING: string
 - $CONF_TYPE_NUMERIC: numeric value (float or int)
 - $CONF_TYPE_BOOL: boolean (0/no or 1/yes)
 - $CONF_TYPE_TEMPLATE: template, like "report"
 - $CONF_TYPE_ADDRLIST: list of mail addresses, like "whitelist_from"
 - $CONF_TYPE_HASH_KEY_VALUE: hash key/value pair, like "describe" or tflags
 - $CONF_TYPE_STRINGLIST list of strings, stored as an array
 - $CONF_TYPE_IPADDRLIST list of IP addresses, stored as an array of SA::NetSet
 - $CONF_TYPE_DURATION a nonnegative time interval in seconds - a numeric value
                      (float or int), optionally suffixed by a time unit (s, m,
                      h, d, w), seconds are implied if unit is missing

If this is set, and a 'code' block does not already exist, a 'code' block is assigned based on the type.

In addition, the SpamAssassin test suite will validate that the settings do not 'leak' between users.

Note that $CONF_TYPE_HASH_KEY_VALUE-type settings require that the value be non-empty, otherwise they'll produce a warning message.


A subroutine to deal with the setting. ONE OF code OR type IS REQUIRED. The arguments passed to the function are ($self, $key, $value, $line), where $key is the setting (*not* the command), $value is the value string, and $line is the entire line.

There are two special return values that the code subroutine may return to signal that there is an error in the configuration:

$Mail::SpamAssassin::Conf::MISSING_REQUIRED_VALUE -- this setting requires that a value be set, but one was not provided.

$Mail::SpamAssassin::Conf::INVALID_VALUE -- this setting requires a value from a set of 'valid' values, but the user provided an invalid one.

$Mail::SpamAssassin::Conf::INVALID_HEADER_FIELD_NAME -- this setting requires a syntactically valid header field name, but the user provided an invalid one.

Any other values -- including undef -- returned from the subroutine are considered to mean 'success'.

It is good practice to set a 'type', if possible, describing how your settings are stored on the Conf object; this allows the SpamAssassin test suite to validate that the settings do not 'leak' between users.


The default value for the setting. may be omitted if the default value is a non-scalar type, which should be set in the Conf ctor. note for path types: using "__userstate__" is recommended for defaults, as it allows Mail::SpamAssassin module users who set that configuration setting, to receive the correct values.


Set to 1 if this setting requires 'allow_user_rules' when run from spamd.


Set to 1 if this setting can only be set in the system-wide config when run from spamd. (All settings can be used by local programs run directly by the user.)


Set to 1 if this value occurs frequently in the config. this means it's looked up first for speed.