Browse Prior Art Database

Wildcard Affinity Specification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122204D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A program is described which expands mail affinity functionality by providing means for assigning relationships of a multiplicity of addresses to a user without forcing explicit individual relationships defined.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 52% of the total text.

Wildcard Affinity Specification

      A program is described which expands mail affinity
functionality by providing means for assigning relationships of a
multiplicity of addresses to a user without forcing explicit
individual relationships defined.

      This article allows wildcarding for setting up affinity
relationships. Consider defining USER000 through USER999 and setting
up an affinity relationship for all the users to user ADMIN. Given
all users are on the same node, the following affinity relationships
are necessary:
NODE1.USER000 -> NODE1.ADMIN
NODE1.USER001 -> NODE1.ADMIN
.
.
NODE1.USER999 -> NODE1.ADMIN

      One derivation defines a wildcard methodology, such as '*'
indicating anything, '?' indicating any character, '#' indicating and
numeric character, '@' indicating any alphabetic character and ' !'
(i.e., backslash followed by any character) meaning a specific
character literally. Thus, the many affinity relationships above
could be easily defined with one affinity relationship
NODE1.USER     -> NODE1.ADMIN

      Note more appropriate uses such as assigning an entire node
mail rights to a user:
NODE1.* -> NODE1.ADMIN

      Note also being able to wildcard the assignment member for
multiple delegation:
NODE1.* -> NODE#.ADMIN
NODE2.* -> NODE#.ADMIN

      A tag is included for the wildcard specification which can be
characterized as a group or distribution list. Once the tag is
defined, the tag can be used in other areas of applic...