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BUG #: 58093 (SQLBUG_70)
When the retention period of a merge publication is modified, all subscriptions of the publication may be dropped.
One or more other publications on the Publisher have their retention periods set to 0 (in other words, the subscription never expires). The problem is caused by the expired subscription clean-up agent when a published database has several publications. The sp_Msdrop_expired_mergesubscription procedure may mistakenly use the retention period of another publication, which never expires, instead of the retention period of the publication that has been modified.
If possible, set the retention period of all publications to the same value at the same time.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
274799 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
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