The Message Agent (dbremote) performs the following tasks to send messages:
Scanning the publisher transaction log The Message Agent (dbremote) scans the transaction log of the publisher database and translates the transaction log entries into messages for subscribers. The maximum message length, as defined by the -l option, must be the same on all databases in the system.
For large transactions, the Message Agent (dbremote) creates multi-part messages. These messages each contain a sequence number that keeps track of their place in the transaction. The Message Agent (dbremote) on the subscriber database uses the sequence number to ensure that the messages are applied in the correct order and that no message is lost.
Sending messages to the remote databases The Message Agent (dbremote) sends messages at times specified by the send frequency properties of each remote user. See Adjusting the send delay.
The Message Agent (dbremote) sends messages earlier if its cache memory exceeds the set value. The Message Agent (dbremote) stores its messages in cache memory. When the cache memory being used exceeds the specified value, messages are sent. See Adjusting throughput by caching messages.
Processing resend requests from remote databases When a user requests that a message be resent, the Message Agent (dbremote) on the publisher database interrupts the regular message sending process to process the resend request.
You control the urgency with which these resend requests are processed with the -ru option. See Adjusting how quickly resent requests are processed.
Sending confirmations to the publisher database Once a message has been received and applied at the subscribed database, confirmation is sent back to the publisher. See Understanding the Guaranteed Message Delivery System.
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