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Amavis gives you an interface between mail servers (MTAs such as Postfix or DoveCot) and mail filters (ClamAV, SpamAssassin). In many cases it is more efficient than running separate daemons like spamd.


Build amavisd-newAUR from the AUR and install it with pacman. You'd be wise to also install optdepends such as p7zip and unrar so your filters can actually see inside compressed files.

sudo pacman -Syu amavisd-new p7zip unrar

If your hostname is not a FQDN, you must set $myhostname in /etc/amavisd/amavisd.conf. You probably want to set $mydomain too. After that, you should be able to start the service:

sudo systemctl start amavisd

Check for any errors with:

systemctl status amavisd

The daemon can be quite verbose, so the curious may want a complete log:

journalctl -xbo short -u amavisd

If all seems well, make the service permanent:

sudo systemctl enable amavisd


digest of the excellent upstream README