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From: Eric Wong <>
Subject: [PATCH 5/5] doc: start glossary for overlapping concepts
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 13:23:45 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
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This is intended to keep track of concepts with different terms
between NNTP, IMAP, config file, lei storage, and upcoming
JMAP support.
 Documentation/public-inbox-glossary.pod | 95 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
 Documentation/txt2pre                   |  1 +
 MANIFEST                                |  1 +
 Makefile.PL                             |  3 +-
 4 files changed, 99 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
 create mode 100644 Documentation/public-inbox-glossary.pod

diff --git a/Documentation/public-inbox-glossary.pod b/Documentation/public-inbox-glossary.pod
new file mode 100644
index 00000000..e188e563
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/public-inbox-glossary.pod
@@ -0,0 +1,95 @@
+=head1 NAME
+public-inbox-glossary - glossary for public-inbox
+public-inbox combines several independently-developed protocols
+and data formats with overlapping concepts.  This document is
+intended as a guide to identify and clarify overlapping concepts
+with different names.
+This is mainly intended for hackers of public-inbox, but may be useful
+for administrators of public-facing services and/or users building
+=head1 TERMS
+=item IMAP UID, NNTP article number, on-disk Xapian docid
+A sequentially-assigned positive integer.  These integers are per-inbox,
+or per-extindex.  This is the C<num> column of the C<over> table in
+=item tid, THREADID
+A sequentially-assigned positive integer.  These integers are
+per-inbox or per-extindex.  In the future, this may be prefixed
+with C<T> for JMAP (RFC 8621) and RFC 8474.  This may not be
+strictly compliant with RFC 8621 since inboxes and extindices
+are considered independent entities from each other.
+This is the C<tid> column of the C<over> table in C<over.sqlite3>
+=item blob
+For email, this is the git blob object ID (SHA-(1|256)) of an
+RFC-(822|2822|5322) email message.
+=item IMAP EMAILID, JMAP Email Id
+To-be-decided.  This will likely be the git blob ID prefixed with C<g>
+rather than the numeric UID to accomodate the same blob showing
+up in both an extindex and inbox (or multiple extindices).
+=item newsgroup
+The name of the NNTP newsgroup, see L<public-inbox-config(5)>.
+=item IMAP (folder|mailbox) slice
+A 50K slice of a newsgroup to accomodate the limitations of IMAP
+clients with L<public-inbox-imapd(1)>.  This is the C<newsgroup>
+name with a C<.$INTEGER_SUFFIX>, e.g. a newsgroup named C<inbox.test>
+would have its first slice named C<inbox.test.0>, and second slice
+named C<inbox.test.1> and so forth.
+If implemented, the RFC 8474 MAILBOXID of an IMAP slice will NOT have
+the same Mailbox Id as the public-facing full JMAP mailbox.
+=item inbox name, public JMAP mailbox name
+The HTTP(S) name of the public-inbox
+(C<publicinbox.E<lt>nameE<gt>.*>).  JMAP will use this name
+rather than the newsgroup name since public-facing JMAP will be
+part of the PSGI code and not need a separate daemon like
+L<public-inbox-nntpd(1)> or L<public-inbox-imapd(1)>
+=item keywords, (IMAP|Maildir) flags, mbox Status + X-Status
+Private, per-message keywords or flags as described in RFC 8621
+section 10.4.  These are conveyed in the C<Status:> and
+C<X-Status:> headers for L<mbox(5)>, as IMAP FLAGS (RFC 3501 section 2.3.2),
+or Maildir info flags.
+L<public-inbox-watch(1)> ignores drafts and trashed (deleted)
+messages.  L<lei-import(1)> ignores trashed (deleted) messages,
+but it imports drafts.
+=item labels, private JMAP mailboxes
+For L<lei(1)> users only.  This will allow lei users to place
+the same email into one or more virtual folders for
+ease-of-filtering.  This is NOT tied to public-inbox names, as
+messages stored by lei may not be public.
+Copyright 2021 all contributors L<>
+License: AGPL-3.0+ L<>
+=head1 SEE ALSO
+L<public-inbox-v2-format(5)>, L<public-inbox-v1-format(5)>,
+L<public-inbox-extindex-format(5)>, L<gitglossary(7)>
diff --git a/Documentation/txt2pre b/Documentation/txt2pre
index 3277531f..244dc50c 100755
--- a/Documentation/txt2pre
+++ b/Documentation/txt2pre
@@ -27,6 +27,7 @@ for (qw[lei(1)
+	public-inbox-glossary(7)
diff --git a/MANIFEST b/MANIFEST
index 8c9c86a0..8662d2c0 100644
@@ -41,6 +41,7 @@ Documentation/public-inbox-daemon.pod
diff --git a/Makefile.PL b/Makefile.PL
index 6da2ed70..21d3d6ea 100644
--- a/Makefile.PL
+++ b/Makefile.PL
@@ -48,7 +48,8 @@ $v->{-m1} = [ map {
 	lei-forget-external lei-import lei-init lei-ls-external lei-q)];
 $v->{-m5} = [ qw(public-inbox-config public-inbox-v1-format
 		public-inbox-v2-format public-inbox-extindex-format) ];
-$v->{-m7} = [ qw(lei-overview public-inbox-overview public-inbox-tuning) ];
+$v->{-m7} = [ qw(lei-overview public-inbox-overview public-inbox-tuning
+		public-inbox-glossary) ];
 $v->{-m8} = [ qw(public-inbox-daemon) ];
 my @sections = (1, 5, 7, 8);
 $v->{check_80} = [];

      parent reply	other threads:[~2021-03-10 13:23 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-03-10 13:23 [PATCH 0/5] no trash, glossary doc Eric Wong
2021-03-10 13:23 ` [PATCH 1/5] doc: technical/data_structures: update for EOFpipe Eric Wong
2021-03-10 13:23 ` [PATCH 2/5] watch: IMAP: ignore \Deleted and \Draft messages Eric Wong
2021-03-10 13:23 ` [PATCH 3/5] lei import: simplify Maildir handling Eric Wong
2021-03-10 13:23 ` [PATCH 4/5] lei import: skip trashed Maildir messages Eric Wong
2021-03-10 13:23 ` Eric Wong [this message]

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