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From Paul Hammant <hamm...@apache.org>
Subject UserRepository [ was the nntp effort on in james server !!!! ]
Date Wed, 03 Apr 2002 09:45:15 GMT
Harmeet, folks,

>- How stable is the POP-SMTP backend ? There have been a few emails about
>this. When I looked at the Avalon File Repository, I was a bit nervous. I
>think it is based on serialization, and that approach has some problems,
>
The Avalon repository is file based and uses serialization.  There are 
problems with that strategy.

Choices:

Avalon's FtpServer (Rana CC'd in for this) has a user repsository and 
the overlap between FTP, POP3 & NNTP user requirements are massive.  You 
should all bang heads and make an uberUserRepository that will be useful 
for all of those types of needs, and possibly a few forthcoming 
(telnet/SSH into a Phoenix VM).

At a layer lower (the actual mechanics of storage), there is an up and 
coming project in commons called simple store.  (Gerhard and Juozas CC'd 
in for this) It is beanlike and has multiple implementations.  It has 
been used before in Phoenix VM with Enterprise Object Broker (example3) 
, but not as a block or wrapped in a block...

Lastly, maybe also see if Brian Burton's ex commercial NNTP server 
http://www.burton-computer.com/clnews.html can provide inspiration. 
 Maybe even have another attempt at persuading him to port or donate (to 
Avalon and James respectively).

Regards,

- Paul H


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