SDD 0024 - Project Syn Tools Naming Scheme v2


Tobias Brunner


Reviewers (SIG)






Naming is hard, this page helps to make it easy. It describes the rules to name Project Syn tools.


In SDD 0002 - Naming Scheme a naming scheme was defined for Project Syn tools which turned out to be sub-optimal. Having tools with non-descriptive names increases the (already relatively high) barrier of entry into the world of Project Syn. This SDD describes a more descriptive naming scheme which solves this issue.


  • Naming scheme which is descriptive

  • Applicable to all new tools from now on


  • Renaming of existing tools (like Lieutenant, Steward and Commodore) as they will change over time anyways, ultimately being replaced by newer tools.

Design Proposal

Display Names

Tools must have descriptive display names of the form Syn ${purpose} ${type}.

$purpose (Optional)

Describes purpose of the tool.


Describes the kind of the tool.


  • Operator

  • Agent

  • CLI

  • Compiler


  • "Syn Catalog Compiler"

  • "Syn Tenant Operator"

  • "Syn Agent"

  • *Syn CLI"

Binary Name

A tool’s binary must be discoverable with syn<Tab><Tab>, and the suffix well known as a particular type of tool.


  • The Syn Catalog Compiler could have the binary name syncc, because nobody wants to type syn-catalog-compiler, and cc is well known as indicating a compiler (technically cc is the suffix indicating a C compiler, but luckily catalog also starts with a c).

  • The Syn CLI could have the binary name synctl to match kubectl. kubectl should be immediately familiar to all users of Project Syn, so it would be nice if the Project Syn CLI would have a matching binary name.


Name tied to functionality

Descriptive names will tie functionality of the tooling to the name. Allthough this isn’t a drawback at first sight, it might become a drawback after some time as the tool advances and the functionality changes. The tool would then need to be renamed which might impose a lot of work or a new tool with a new name would need to be created. It’s not always easy to detect that the purpose of a tool has changed but might become obvious as the project proceeds and new knowledge is gained.

Functionality hard to describe

It’s not always easy to describe the functionality in one single word and from time to time this will make it hard to find a matching name.


Use non-descriptive and fictive names, which would impose that this SDD won’t go into effect.