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From: Mladen Gogala <>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2004 11:14:26 -0800
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On 2004.01.06 13:59, Mailing List Administrator wrote:

Your message is being returned to you because of an error in your usage. The mailing list address you sent your message to was:

    Description: Oracle RDBMS Community Forum     Subject: Re: Top level heaps/subheaps

Your posting has been rejected and returned to you because it appeared to be a "vacation" auto-reply message. If you have received only one of these notices, then please consider this a courtesy notice. If you received more than one of these (perhaps many of these) notices, then your auto-reply program is not cognizent of proper mail ettiquette and you must heed these instructions in future situations like this.

While you have an auto-reply responder turned on, all messages which are auto-replied to the mailing list are sent to your mailbox AGAIN, resulting in a quickly increasing endless-loop condition. This not only causes YOUR mailbox to fill up, but it fills the mailboxes of every person who is a subscriber to the list. This filter was put into place to avoid these types of endless-loop situations, and stop them before they get started.

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Thank you,

On 2004.01.06 13:39, Wolfgang Breitling wrote:
> Welcome back. I was wondering where you've been the last couple of weeks.

Thanks, Wolfgang. I was on vacation. Last night I flew in (JFK) with Air France. An experience I don't want to talk about. I hope it's still not too late to wish everybody a happy New Year?

Mladen Gogala
Oracle DBA
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Mladen Gogala
Oracle DBA
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