As of spampd-2.30-16, the software has been converted to systemd. The PID file is no longer created, because spampd does not background itself. To enable and start the service, use the usual: systemctl enable spampd.service systemctl start spampd.service The environment file, /etc/sysconfig/spampd, now has a slighly different format. Instead of using options, use SPAMPD_OPTIONS. For instance: SPAMPD_OPTIONS="--host= --relayhost="