troubleshooting Question

oracle, 10g, Trying to rebuild index: SQL*Plus in not responding state

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In SQL*Plus running on windows, I issued an ALTER INDEX index_name REBUILD ONLINE statement.  This was about 8 hours ago; the table the index is on is very large.

Right now, my SQL*PLUS window says (In the blue section at the very top of the window) 'Oracle SQL*Plus (Not Responding).  I had opened SQL*PLUS while tunneling into work from home over a VPN.  I think what happened is that the connection between SQL*PLUS and the oracle database timed out.

Should I assume that the server process that was doing the index rebuild is dead?  How do I find out?  

Assuming the server process is dead or has been killed, and I try to issue the alter index statement again, should I try to make that run as a background process?  If so, how do I do that?

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