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10g Release 1 (10.1.1)

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C Shared Folders

This appendix discusses Oracle Mail shared folders and includes the following topics:

Overview of Shared Folders

User folders can be shared with other users, distribution lists, or with everyone in a user's domain using access control lists (ACLs). Oracle Mail supports ACLs defined in RFC 2086.

RFC 2086 defines the following namespaces:

In Oracle Mail, folders within another user's namespaces are referred to as shared folders, and folders within shared namespaces are referred to as public folders.

If a folder is shared with everyone in a domain, it is called a public folder. Otherwise, if the folder is shared with one or more users or distribution lists, it is called a shared folder.

For IMAP, Oracle Mail uses the following prefixes for shared and public folders:

Understanding Access Control Lists for Shared Folders

Access control lists (ACLs) are used to share folders with other identifiers in the Oracle Mail system. Oracle Mail identifiers are listed in Table C-1.

Table C-1 Oracle Email Identifiers

Identifier Description


Users are explicitly granted permissions to a folder.

Distribution lists

A distribution list is granted permission, which implies that all the members of the distribution list have complete rights. If a member is added or removed from a distribution list, the rights are automatically updated.


All the users in the domain have the specified permissions.

Folders cannot be shared across domains. To share folders within a domain, you must have either domain or system administrator privileges.

Table C-2 lists domain rights that can be granted.

Table C-2 Domain Rights

Domain Right Description

l – lookup

Allows folders to be listed

r – read

Allows messages to be read from a folder

s – seen/unseen flag

Allows seen and unseen flag changes to be kept across sessions

w – write

Enables flags other than seen and delete to be stored

i – insert

Enables messages to be appended or copied into a folder

d – delete

Enables deleted flags for messages to be stored in a folder or expunge the folder

a – administer

Enables ACLs to be set and deleted on folders that are owned by other users

Oracle Mail always grants lookup rights with other rights. All rights are grouped with lookup privileges. None of the other rights are tied together.

The following rules apply to folders:

For example, consider a user who is a member of group G1 and list L1, which have been granted the following rights:

identifier     rights
==========     =======
G1             li
L1             lrs

In this case the user's rights are a union of li and lrs, or lrsi, as derived from membership in group G1 and list L1, respectively.

User level rights take precedence over other rights. For example, if a user has lr rights at the user level, then the applicable rights are lr.

Managing Public Folders

You must have system or domain privileges to create public folders. Public folders are first created in an administrator's private namespace. To make the folders public, you must give rights to the domain identifier.

Once a public folder is created, it can be administered by other administrators without specifying any rights. Public folders must be created with a unique name because they do not have a user name prefix. For example, if administrator A1 creates a public folder called public1, then administrator A2 cannot create a public folder with the same name.

Public folders count toward the owner's e-mail quota.

Administrators can grant more rights to other identifiers. For example, a user can be granted insert (i) rights to add messages to a public folder. This folder appears twice in the user's folder listing: as a public folder and as a shared folder.

Creating Public Folders

Users with domain or system privileges can share a folder with an entire domain.

Sharing folders across an entire domain using an IMAP mail client is done through Oracle Connector for Outlook, as follows:

  1. Create a new folder in the IMAP store and right click it or right click an existing folder you want to share.

  2. Click Properties.

  3. Click the Permissions tab.

  4. Click Add to grant permissions.

  5. Enter anyone in the name resolution field.

  6. Specify whatever rights you want on the Permissions page.