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absorbing states in the software I use

Absorbing states in Markov chains are states, that cannot be left once entered. As in physics of black holes, a "point of no return".

There are many such states in my life with respect to software. After working on this and that, I found a programme that attracted me for ever (at least until now). For example:

Mail User Agent: I went through Outlook Express, Netscape, kmail until I got to know mutt.

Editor: notepad → kwrite → emacs → vim/gvim.

Internet Browser: internet explorer → netscape → seamonkey → opera → mozilla firefox.

OS I have worked on: DOS → NeXT → SG → Windows 98 → Mac → Windows XP → Linux.

Now I feel that something similar happens with the Linux Distribution I got to know. After wandering with SuSE → Debian → SuSE → Gentoo → SuSE, I landed on Arch. And I think that I will never leave.

The reason for these states being absorbing is not only that they enhanced my existing tools, but that they revealed and keep revealing to me possibilities, that I couldn't even think of.

[SOLVED] spamassassin

In the last weeks during my home computer work I experienced an extraordinary event: I received spam. I was very surprised, because I thought, that I had spamassassin correctly configured and installed.

[So, that is how spam looks like... Hmm, Interesting]

I had a look at /etc/conf.d/spamd, it looked ok. Aha, there I defined the log file: ${SAHOME}spamd.log. I had a look at the logs, and I saw that ~/.spamassassin does not exist!

Creating it did not solve the problem. The headers of the mails did not have any little stars from my local host.

After playing around, I realised: I had to start the service! That easy...

systemctl (start|enable) spamassassin

And bye bye spam! Mach's gut!