Why are user inboxes called "user.some-user" ?

Bron Gondwana brong at fastmail.fm
Sun Jul 19 21:24:30 EDT 2015

On Sun, Jul 19, 2015, at 04:21, Conrad Kleinespel wrote:
> However, my question was meant to ask why we even need to separate
> things into "user/..." and "netnews/..." and "shared/..." instead of
> just handling everything through the ACL extension (which should allow
> to have shared mailboxes by given read only access, right?).
> I understand that we have those abstractions in place but I don't yet
> understand why we need those abstractions.
> For instance, why couldn't we put everything in the same namespace:
>     root
>         comp.mail.imap
>         fred
> and when a user "fred" wants access to the mailbox, just request "fred"
> instead of "user.fred" ?

How you get a listing of all the actual users on a server without getting a
bunch of other noise?

Namespacing is good.  I have no problem with prefixing user mailboxes with
'user'.  It's incredibly self-documenting.


  Bron Gondwana
  brong at fastmail.fm

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