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Subject: [ Netzero.Net Cause Mail Problems]
From: Rich Kulawiec <rsk @ magpage . com>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 18:39:02 -0500
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM
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Spotted this on Usenet -- haven't seen this myself yet, but I've only
got a handful of folks on my lists, all of whom (I believe)
are actively reading their mail.


----- Forwarded message from Robert Dinse <> -----

> From: Robert Dinse <>
> Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2000 05:46:07 -0700
> Subject: Netzero.Net Cause Mail Problems
> Newsgroups: lobby,announcements,
>      Netzero has apparently implimented a brilliant policy of bouncing e-mail
> that sits in a netzero mailbox for more than six months.
>      This caused severe problems this morning as mail from a list was all
> returned by netzero enmasse and severely overloaded the servers, exhausting the
> process tables with smartlist and procmail processes trying to remove the
> affected address from the dist.
>      Problem is the address was already removed, but netzero just kept on
> sending messages back that were sent six months ago. 
>      I've recompiled the kernels to increase the size of the process table, but
> if this does not resolve the problem and netzero does stop this absurdity, it
> may be necessary to block all incoming e-mail from netzero in order to
> preserve the functionality of our mail servers.

----- End forwarded message -----

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