POPFile v1.0.1 Released

2008-05-26
2013-04-15
  • Brian Smith
    Brian Smith
    2008-05-26

    Welcome to POPFile v1.0.1

    POPFile is an email classification tool with a Naive Bayes classifier, POP3,
    SMTP, NNTP proxies and IMAP filter and a web interface. It runs on most
    platforms and with most email clients.

    This version is a bug fix and minor feature release. It's also the first
    release to have been built by Brian Smith.

    WHAT'S CHANGED SINCE v1.0.0

    1. Bug fixes

    When POPFile starts up it no longer complains about a missing IMAP file if
    IMAP has not been installed.

    Fixed a bug in the IMAP module that allowed for unintentional reclassification
    to the unclassified bucket.

    Fixed a bug that causes segmentation faults when displaying messages which
    have very long To, Cc or From headers in the POPFile UI.

    Fixed a bug that causes a few warnings during the corpus upgrade process.

    Add code to check for unexpected NULL characters in email messages (to avoid
    SQLite problems).

    2. POPFile improvements

    POPFile's Brazilian Portuguese language file has been renamed. The new name
    does not include any spaces.

    The simplified and traditional Chinese language translations have been
    updated.

    POPFile's log file now includes entries showing when POPFile starts up and
    shuts down. This makes it easier to read the log file.

    The startup messages in the log file have been made easier to read by
    splitting the long entries into shorter lines.

    The IMAP module now issues a log message when it fails to connect to the
    server.

    Deletion of messages from the message history has been made faster.

    3. Installer improvements

    When upgrading an existing installation the installer now recommends
    upgrading the existing SSL support files.

    The installer and all of the NSIS-based programs have been built using the
    latest NSIS compiler and newer versions of the plugins used to download files
    from the internet. These NSIS-related improvements should reduce the number of
    false alarms from various anti-virus packages.

    The latest version of the SQLite command-line utility is now included.

    4. UI improvements

    The links to the wiki have been improved.

    5. Other changes

    The (outdated) manual is no longer included in the download. All documentation
    for POPFile is online and can be found at http://getpopfile.org/docs/

    WHERE TO DOWNLOAD

        http://getpopfile.org/download/

    GETTING STARTED WITH POPFILE

    An introduction to installing and using POPFile can be found in the
    QuickStart guide:

      http://getpopfile.org/docs/QuickStart

    SSL SUPPORT IN WINDOWS

    SSL Support is offered as one of the optional components by the installer. If
    the SSL Support option is selected the installer will download the necessary
    files during installation.

    If SSL support is not selected when installing (or upgrading) POPFile or if
    the installer was unable to download all of the SSL files then POPFile's
    "Add/Remove Programs" entry can be used to add SSL support to an existing
    installation.

    I AM USING THE CROSS PLATFORM VERSION

    POPFile requires a number of Perl modules that are available from CPAN. You
    will need:

    Date::Parse
    HTML::Template
    HTML::Tagset
    DBD::SQLite2
    DBI
    TimeDate

    You can install all the required POPFile modules by getting the
    Bundle::POPFile bundle from CPAN.

    Please refer to the installation instructions on the POPFile wiki:

    http://getpopfile.org/docs/HowTos:CrossPlatformInstall

    Japanese users may need to install some extra programs and Perl modules,
    depending upon which Nihongo parser (wakachi-gaki program) they wish to use.
    For more information about how to install them, see the POPFile wiki:

    http://getpopfile.org/docs/JP:HowTos:CrossPlatformInstall

    CROSS PLATFORM VERSION KNOWN ISSUES

    The current version of SQLite (v3.x) is not compatible with POPFile. You must
    use DBD:SQLite2 to access the database.

    Users of SSL on non-Windows platforms should NOT use IO::Socket::SSL v0.97 or
    v0.99. They are known to be incompatible with POPFile; v1.13 is the most
    recent release of IO::Socket::SSL that works correctly.

    WINDOWS KNOWN ISSUES

    1. THE TRAYICON ON WINDOWS CAN CAUSE POPFILE TO FREEZE.

    With certain setups, if you attempt to view the trayicon's tooltip or hover
    your cursor over it while checking or downloading mail POPFile may freeze. The
    exact cause is still unknown but it may be related to some video drivers. If
    this problem affects you turn off the trayicon.

    Due to this issue, we suggest users of the IMAP module disable the trayicon
    since a freeze may go unnoticed more easily than when using a mail client to
    make POP3 connections.

    2. ON WINDOWS I WANT TO CHECK MULTIPLE EMAIL ACCOUNTS SIMULTANEOUSLY.

    Because the time taken to start a new process on Windows is long under Perl
    there is an optimization for Windows that is present by default: when a new
    connection is made between your email program and POPFile, POPFile handles it
    in the 'parent' process. This means the connect happens fast and mail starts
    downloading very quickly, but it means that you can only download messages
    from one server at a time (up to 6 other connections will be queued up and
    dealt with in the order they arrive) and the UI is unavailable while
    downloading email.

    You can turn this behavior off (and get simultaneous UI/email access and as
    many email connections as you like) on the Configuration panel in the UI by
    making sure that "Allow concurrent POP3 connections:" is Yes, or by specifying
    --set pop3_force_fork=1 on the command line.

    The default behaviour (no concurrent POP3 connections) can cause email clients
    to time out if several accounts are being checked (because POPFile only handles
    one account at a time it can take a while to process all of the accounts).

    If SSL support is being used then the default setting (no concurrent POP3
    connections) _MUST_ be used otherwise POPFile crashes.

    v1.0.0 RELEASE NOTES

    If you are upgrading from pre-v1.0.0 please read the v1.0.0 release notes for
    much more information:

    http://getpopfile.org/docs/ReleaseNotes:1.0.0

    DONATIONS

    Thank you to everyone who has clicked the Donate! button and donated their
    hard earned cash to me in support of POPFile. Thank you also to the people
    who have contributed their time through patches, feature requests, bug
    reports, user support and translations.

    http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=213876

    THANKS

    Big thanks to all who've contributed to POPFile.

    The POPFile Core Team

     
    • Bill Burns
      Bill Burns
      2008-05-26

      I haven't posted in a while, but I have been keeping up with the POPFile updates.  PF continues to do a great job, running at 99.88% accuracy on over 400,000 messages classified since I last reset the statistics in August 2006.  And the installer is very clean and easy to use.  Thanks to all for their excellent work!

      Bill