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November 10, 2008 – by Per Christensson

Web development is like so many facets of life where things don't always go as smoothly as you think they will. There are often unforeseen problems that arise, which can turn simple tasks into long projects. I was reminded of this fact during the past week when I was doing some server maintenance and ran into two unexpected obstacles. Each issue took me several hours to resolve, causing me to work well into the morning hours.

Since both issues took me such a long time to resolve, I thought it would be worthwhile to post the solutions to the problems in the Help Center. The first article explains how to delete thousands of e-mail messages on a Web server, and the second article provides steps to manually remove a subdomain in cPanel, a common Web server management tool.

I realize that at least 99 percent of Sharpened.net visitors will not find this information useful. In fact, if you don't run a Web server, reading the articles might make you more confused than if you didn't read them. However, for the few people that may run into the same issues I did, I hope the solutions I found will save you some valuable troubleshooting time.

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