After "make install", proxypot is ready to run, but there are a lot of options you may want to change first. If you run it without changing anything, it will be acting in a very safe manner - generating minimal outgoing traffic and accepting incoming traffic at a ridiculously low speed.

To change the behavior of your proxypot:

  1. If you haven't already run proxypot, run it with the -c option, which creates the directory /etc/proxypot and fills it with configuration files. You can use a different config directory by specifying it after the -c option, for example:
    proxypot -c /usr/local/etc/proxypot
  2. Edit the files in the configuration directory. Each one contains its own documentation explaining what it's for. Make whatever changes you like - it's better if everyone who runs a proxypot configures it differently, so the bad guys can't come up with a single fingerprint that identifies all of them.

If you are upgrading from an version of proxypot older than 20040727, you will notice that the old configuration system is gone. I hope you'll find the new way less painful. This will be the last time you have to redo your configuration from scratch. In the future, you can run proxypot -c once each time you upgrade, and it will tell you if there are any new configuration files you need to look at; otherwise it will just keep using the existing ones.

spamstat, unlike proxypot, has no configuration files yet, so there's nothing to edit. It has a lot of command line options, as you'll learn later.

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