I have a setup in which I have 2 servers talking to each other and those ports are the SPANned source ports. The destination port used to be have a sniffer connected and now there is nothing connected to the destination port. In such case what will have to the mirrored packet, will it eventually die down or the the switch will broadcast the mirrored packet to the entire sunbet?
I was going through the SPAN Configuration Guidelines of 3550 sharing one of the guidelines,
"You can configure a disabled port to be a source or destination port, but the SPAN function does not start until the destination port and at least one source port or source VLAN are enabled."
So for the SPAN function to work properly in your case the destination port should be UP, if it is not UP the SPAN function will not work and the switch will not make a copy of the
So if you still have configuration on your switch it should not affect, but as a best practise it should not be there.