Compiling DSPAM on OS X

Before we start there are some preliminaries to take care of. DSPAM needs a user account to run, but instead of creating a full user account using the preference pane we will create a simple user via the Terminal:

sudo niutil -create / /users/dspam
sudo niutil -createprop / /users/dspam uid 101
sudo niutil -createprop / /users/dspam gid 101
sudo niutil -createprop / /users/dspam shell "/usr/bin/false"
sudo niutil -createprop / /users/dspam home "/usr/local/var/dspam"
sudo niutil -createprop / /users/dspam passwd "*"

Compiling DSPAM

Get the source code from the DSPAM site (I’ve tested it with 3.6.8) and extract the archive and you can start compiling:

./configure --enable-daemon \
    --with-storage-driver=mysql_drv \
    --with-mysql-includes=/usr/local/mysql/include \
    --with-mysql-libraries=/usr/local/mysql/lib/mysql \
    --enable-preferences-extension \
    --with-dspam-home-owner=dspam \
    --with-dspam-home-group=postdrop \
    --with-dspam-home=/usr/local/var/dspam \
    --enable-long-usernames \
    --with-dspam-group=postdrop \
    --enable-mysql4-initialization \
    --enable-domain-scale \
    --enable-virtual-users \
    --enable-debug \

This configure, if everything went allright, can be followed by:


sudo make install

and you are done with this step, next step: setting up the storage database

2 Responses to “Compiling DSPAM on OS X”

  1. keenick Says:

    Might be an oversite- –with-dspam-mode=dspam should be –with-dspam-mode=2510 think you meant –with-dspam-owner=dspam :)

  2. Richard5 Says:

    @Keenick: You are correct, the option has been removed, as 2510 is the default value ! Thanks….