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From : douglasevans
To : saintly
User Comment : Good advice and fast response time!
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[08-16-2000] douglasevans : Hi saintly,

I'm running Netscape Communicator 4.7 (on my Mac Powerbook G3 w/ OS9, in case it matters). I am going on vacation in a few days and would like to be able to send an automated email response to that effect to anyone who emails me while I'm gone. Is this something Communicator can do? If not, do you know of any other way to do this?

Thanks in advance,

[08-16-2000] saintly : This is not a feature of Communicator. It would need to be implemented at your ISP (where the mail comes in, and not at your personal computer, which just retrieves mail from a storage area after it has already been delivered).

Depending on the software your ISP is using, this is fairly simple. It involves "forwarding" your email to a program which sends the vacation response and stores the mail in your inbox normally. You would need to call your ISP and ask. If it's a local ISP or university or something, they are almost certainly able to do it. If it's AOL, then there may be some special AOL feature that allows you to do it, but I don't think so.

I hope that helps. If you give me the name of your ISP I can try to verify this for you if you like.
[08-16-2000] douglasevans : Thanks very much for the info. I have two accounts -- one with Earthlink and one with Pacificnet.
[08-16-2000] saintly :
Oh... I've checked on both the ISPs, and I do not see any vacation notification capability for either of them. You might want to call and check, but I do not see it as a service they offer. The larger the ISP, the less likely they are to do it.

It is disappointing. :(
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