[Dovecot] Not understanding namespaces

Stewart Dean sdean at bard.edu
Mon Feb 1 16:33:59 EET 2010

I would be happy to involved in this as someone to read drafts for 
comprehension by an idiot (me).   It's (somewhat) clear to me what the 
namespace concept could cover, as is the syntax, but just what they do 
and how they are used is utterly ambiguous.
For instance:  I think DC uses them to "publish" what mail folders are 
available, and I can see how ACLs could be used to limit access, but how 
does a user on a client (much less on webmail) find them, know which is 
which, use them, make them available in the IMAP client. It's like 
having a telephone without instructions or a phonebook...and never 
having used it before, knowing only that it can be used for 
communication.  Well...maybe not *that* bad.
And then there's the ambiguity/confusion of different usages of the word 
namespace used here and in Thunderbird...much less in C++ or XML!  Try 
Goggling namespace!  It's as bad as the words domain and alias
Timo Sirainen wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-01-30 at 08:10 -0500, Jerry wrote:
>> On Fri, 29 Jan 2010 23:26:40 +0200
>> Timo Sirainen <tss at iki.fi> articulated:
>> Maybe we need a: "Namespaces for Dummies" books. 
> I didn't realize namespaces were so difficult to understand for many
> people. I'll see if I can get the wiki page updated to describe them
> better.
>> Seriously, I am
>> surprised that someone has not written one all ready. There is a
>> "Getting Your Book Published for Dummies (Paperback)" available.
>> Perhaps I will purchase it and then (hopefully with Timo's help)
>> publish a complete "Dovecot for Dummies" paperback. It might even help
>> fund the Dovecot project.
> Dovecot book(s) would be nice too.

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