Previous Next  Up  Table of Contents  SpamSieve Home

6.5   Esoteric Preferences

You can set esoteric SpamSieve preferences by clicking the links on this page. Unlike with regular preferences, you must generally quit and re-launch SpamSieve in order for an esoteric preference to take effect.

Normally, SpamSieve will create its standard set of whitelist and blocklist rules if it detects that they are missing. You can also turn this feature off if you prefer to manage the rules yourself.
Normally, the Apple Mail plug-in will launch SpamSieve when Mail launches so that it’s ready to filter new messages as soon as they’re downloaded. You can also set it to only launch SpamSieve when it actually starts filtering messages.
Normally, when SpamSieve classifies an incoming message as spam, it tells Apple Mail that the message is junk. This makes sure that Mail will not display remote images for that message, thus protecting you from Web bugs. You can also tell SpamSieve not to mark the messages as junk. This will speed up mail filtering (especially on Mac OS X 10.9), as it will reduce the amount of communication with the mail server.
When SpamSieve’s Dock icon is hidden, the Apple Mail plug-in normally adds a SpamSieve - Open Window command to Mail’s Message menu so that SpamSieve’s commands are still accessible. If the plug-in is not able to detect that the Dock icon is hidden, you can force it to show the Open Window command or revert back to auto-detection.
Normally when you train a message as good in Apple Mail, SpamSieve removes any colored flags, in case you have set them using a rule (as described in Spam Message Colors in Apple Mail). You can also set SpamSieve to leave the flags as-is, if you wish to use colored flags for other purposes.
This is like the AppleMailTrainSpamGUIScripting preference below except that it affects the SpamSieve - Train as Good command. Click this link to enable the workaround or this link to disable it.
On Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple Mail is slower at moving trained messages to the Spam mailbox via normal AppleScript. SpamSieve includes a workaround to move messages faster by using GUI scripting when you choose SpamSieve - Train as Spam. To enable the workaround, click this link. The first time you try to train a message, SpamSieve will ask you to give it accessibility privileges. Then it will ask you to add your Spam mailbox as a favorite in Mail. Thereafter, it will move the trained messages via GUI scripting. If an error occurs, SpamSieve will move the message via the more reliable but slower method. To disable the GUI scripting workaround, click this link.
Normally, the Software Update… feature will clean up after itself after downloading a new version. You can also set it to leave the disk image file in your Downloads folder.
Normally, SpamSieve analyzes the contents of attached images and PDF files to help detect whether a message is spammy. You can turn off this feature if you find that corrupt files are confusing Mac OS X’s imaging subsystems and leading to crashes.
Previous Next  Up  Table of Contents  SpamSieve Home