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Subject incubator-ponymail git commit: Add initial Design notes (WIP)
Date Fri, 28 Oct 2016 22:28:55 GMT
Repository: incubator-ponymail
Updated Branches:
  refs/heads/master ded112c25 -> f7d84ede0


Add initial Design notes (WIP)


Project: http://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator-ponymail/repo
Commit: http://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator-ponymail/commit/f7d84ede
Tree: http://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator-ponymail/tree/f7d84ede
Diff: http://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator-ponymail/diff/f7d84ede

Branch: refs/heads/master
Commit: f7d84ede0bd37ca4054aecfae58e9e817264fccc
Parents: ded112c
Author: Sebb <sebb@apache.org>
Authored: Fri Oct 28 23:28:42 2016 +0100
Committer: Sebb <sebb@apache.org>
Committed: Fri Oct 28 23:28:42 2016 +0100

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+# Design Notes
+
+This file is an attempt to summarise some of the design issues.
+
+## Database
+The project uses the ElasticSearch (ES) database to store the mails as individual documents.
+The database stores each mail to each list as a separate document.
+If the same mail was sent to multiple lists, then it exists as multiple documents in the
database.
+
+ES requires that each distinct document has a unique id (MID).
+The MID is used to insert the document in the database, and can be used to fetch it.
+
+### Database design
+The mails are stored in two separate ES indexes:
+* "mbox" - this stores information about the document, plus the parsed content, and is used
for searching and summary displays.
+* "mbox_source" - this is used to store the raw content of the document.
+The two versions of the document are linked by using the same MID.
+
+### Requirements for the MID
+As mentioned above, each different document must have a unique id (MID).
+This document may arrive as a single mail message, or be loaded from a collection such as
an mbox file.
+
+Duplicate database entries can be avoided by ensuring that the same MID is calculated regardless
of the input source.
+[If the same message is processed more than once, it then does not matter as only the last
instance will be stored.]
+The MID format does not have to be transparent; it can be an opaque hash.
+
+### Generation of the MID
+The same message may be sent to multiple lists, so the message data alone is not sufficient
to identify it uniquely.
+The same message may potentially be sent more than once to the same list,
+so the combination of message and listname is also not sufficient to identify a message.
+
+Many messages will have a Message-Id header which is intended to be unique to the message.
+However this may not be the case, and some messages do not have one.
+
+Many mailing list servers will allocate a squence number or other such id to each message
they send.
+This should be unique for the list, assuming that sequence is not reset.
+
+Where the Message-Id and List Server Id both exist, they can be combined to generate a MID.
+[If the List Server Id is known to be unique, then that can potentially be used alone.] 
+
+Where one or other id does not exist, then alternative means need to be used to generate
the MID.
+The data used to do so must be present it all supported message sources.
+
+### Permalink requirements
+The application provides Permalinks which can later be used to refer to any document in the
database.
+Once published, it is important that such links must continue to work.
+
+Links should be portable; i.e. if the raw messages are loaded into a new archive it should
be possible
+to support existing published Permalinks.
+
+Multiple links may refer to the same document, however each link should refer to a single
document.
+Ideally the Permalink should be relatively short; however that may conflict with the uniqueness
requirement.
+
+It may be useful for the Permalink format to be relatively transparent.
+For example, a current ASF mod_mbox link looks like:
+
+http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/ponymail-commits/201605.mbox/<1f73b4e0fc1a4fbbbfe4d155293c2f1a@git.apache.org>
+
+This includes a reference to the:
+- mailing list name (ponymail-commits)
+- month when mail was sent (201605.mbox)
+- the Message-Id (<1f73b4e0fc1a4fbbbfe4d155293c2f1a@git.apache.org>)
+
+This information should be sufficient to find the message in just about any mail-archive.
+
+Whereas vendor-specific links may be much shorter, but are only valid for the particular
service.
+For example the equivalent Markmail link is:
+http://markmail.org/message/oanktcpxlxkmyora
+
+There may be use cases for both styles of link.
+
+### Permalink design
+TBA


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