Over the next week or so I’m sure a lot of people are going to try spinning up Lemmy instances - I’ve certainly been looking at it.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a VPS provider / resource allocation?

From what I have read, it sounds like you’re going to want a host that focuses on storage / bandwidth (at least if you are allowing image upload), but maybe those of you already operating an instance have a different opinion?

  • RuudMA
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    581 year ago

    I run lemmy.world on a VPS at Hetzner. They are cheap and good. Storage: I now (after 11 days) have 2GB of images and 2GB of database.

    • @Richard
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      I guess for context for anyone reading this, but after this post it looks like Ruud doubled RAM and CPU to 32 and 8 respectively.

      https://lemmy.world/post/56228

    • @kinther
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      Are you planning on pruning the database and images at some point, or is there some way to force external image hosting e.g. imgur.com ? Using 40GB for the o/s and swap, and 100GB for the site, at current levels of usage (not factoring in increased usage if more leave reddit), you’re looking at about 275 days before running out of space.

      • RuudMA
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        81 year ago

        The 100Gb is on a volume which I can extend to 10TB, and then I can also add more volumes as I use LVM on linux. :-)

        • @kinther
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          81 year ago

          Right, that’s what I’m planning to do for a personal instance as well. I’m just curious whether there is any way to prune the database of content older than say, 1 year. We’re still early in the game for Lemmy adoption, so if usage picks up there must be some way to address it other than adding more disk space.

      • RuudMA
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        21 year ago

        You’re welcome!

    • @Kris
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      41 year ago

      Will probably move my instance there. Have it on digital ocean.

        • @Kris
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          41 year ago

          Nothing against them at all. I’m looking for something cheaper for my usecase. I want to host an instance just for myself and a couple friends.

    • @[email protected]
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      211 months ago

      Could you give us some insight into how much bandwidth up/down your instance is using? Thanks for posting your server specs. I’m tempted to self host an instance when I finally get a gigabit connection in the next few months.

      • RuudMA
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        1111 months ago

        Just installed Zabbix agent, so data just coming in. Bandwidth usage for Lemmy.world server

        • chiisana
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          111 months ago

          There’s some talks about out-wards federation issues in which messages on big instances such as lemmy.world aren’t federating outwards. Do you mind sharing the CPU and memory data from Zabbix? Also, do you have NTP configured on the server? I’ve seen a couple people, myself also included, seen “Header is expired” messages in our logs during federation, implying something is backed up or timing is off. I’m curious if the issues are server performance related, or time related, or something else all together.

          • RuudMA
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            311 months ago

            Server is performing nicely. NTP (timesyncd) is running. I have no idea how to see federation queues. Please contact me on matrix @ruud:h-y-p-e-r.space if you want to troubleshoot together.

            • chiisana
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              111 months ago

              I’m brand new to the fediverse; tried to message you via Matrix using Element – @chiisana:matrix.org – not sure if I did it correctly or tried to invite you to a room on the Lemmy space. Hope we can some how connect :)

              • @chiisana
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                111 months ago

                testy mctest message

            • @liara
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              Not sure about seeing queue stats directly but the logs should be pretty noisy if there aren’t enough federation workers to process the queue efficiently.

              There was info from the devs here: https://lemmy.ml/post/1216911

              E: I see you already commented there, so you already know. It seems the value was raised to 160k by the lemmy.ml instance though

              • RuudMA
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                111 months ago

                Thanks for notifying. I raised it to 200k now.

    • @ChaosAD
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      11 year ago

      This is great for reference. How many users you had while on that configs?