Mailing List:1997-03-09 03, Re: Missing Mail, by Michael R. Whitney

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Mailing List Archives > 1997-03-09 03, Re: Missing Mail, by Michael R. Whitney

From: <WhitneyMR -at-> Subject: Re: Missing Mail Date: Sun, 9 Mar 1997 16:00:10 -0500 (EST) Hi Allan and WRG, I'm sending this to all figuring more than Allan would like to hear the answer. Such as you'll get from me.<g> For starters e-mail does not go from point to point as far as the address' are concerned. An e-mail can go through up to 30 servers on it's way from you to I. So if you think of what would happen if every server on the way had a 4-5 hour backlog (which is the norm for Maiser). So at 5 hours per server you could be looking at 6.25 day in the worst case. Now your message may have tried to get into Maiser during the change over on servers, so that might have started it on it's "scenic tour" of the internet. The interesting thing on the header is the message did leave IU on March 6 at 09:47:07 -0500 (EST) but then came back and left again on Sun, 9 Mar 1997 09:03:50 -0500. The only thing that I can think of is I've been getting MANY error messages for AOL's mail being down this week. So could be everytime that mail hit AOL they had no mail working so off it went on a tour. Mail can do this for 4 days before it dies. That why listowners can become homicidal, we came remove a bad address but will keep getting errors for them for 4 more days after we boot them. Conventional wisdom is an e-mail with die after 4 days in limbo but that doesn't always hold true, for this week on the BMW digest we had a digest show up after 3 1/2 weeks! I guess the one thing to come away with from this is most mail from Maiser shows up back in your box in about 6 hours on average. But if you don't see it in 2 days resend. If we get two copies that's what delete buttons are for. Hope I didn'r bore you too much. Bye, Michael Whtney

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