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Introducing Homepage

Hello, Homepage ๐ŸŽจ

Today's new app is an alternative dashboard, Homepage...

Screenshot of Joplin

Why do you need another dashboard, what's wrong with your default ElfHosted dashboard?

Probably nothing, but it's soooo pretty! Also, some of the app integrations are pretty sick! Unlike Homer, which hits the various APIs using your browser, Homepage runs a backend proxy, so it's much easier to configure it to talk to your other ElfHosted services, and much richer data can be retrieved.

For example, the Jellyfin integration will show you exactly what media is currently streaming, along with the expected summary of your library stats.

You can customize homepage by adding your own services (like the weather in your location, or the price of your favorite crypto), your own custom background, etc, and changes are effected instantly.

If there's popular demand, I'll add an option for Homepage to replace your default dashboard ๐Ÿ‘

What's new?

New Toyz

Encrypted rclone mounts

Until today, if you wanted an encrypted rclone mount, you'd need to buy the "custom mount" product, and then create a support ticket for it to be provisioned, since the rclone encryption config is more complex than a simple remote - you effectively need one remote to reference the un-encrypted data, and another to represent the encrypted data on top of the first remote.

Further confounding the issue, rclone obfuscates credentials in its config file, which can make troubleshooting very difficult.

I've refactored how the various products are deployed via the store, and discovered the rclone obscure command, which means we can now allow users to input their actual credentials in the store (which users were doing anyway, creating support issues), and obfuscate them during provisioning, so that rclone will correctly mount their remotes.

As a result, we can now automatically provision encrypted BYO storage!

Currently in the store we have:

Bugz squished

Races on new volumes being provisioned

Over the past few weeks, there have been a few occasions where a new user account would be created, but none of the volumes would be created - the CSI provisioner would error with messages about the volume operation already being in progress.

What I think was happening is this.. a new user gets 10+ volumes provisioned on startup (more so, because we're still finishing off the HDD-SSD migrations), and these pods get all RWX-attached to multiple pods, running on multiple nodes. A busy job for a provisioner, but I'd configured 2 replicas of the ceph CSI provisioners (for redundancy's sake), and I think, given the multiple-volume-multiple-pod attach requests, both provisioner pods were responding at the same time, creating a race / deadlock to provision the volumes.

I've reduced us to a single replica for the CSI provisioners, and thus far, there have been no more pending attachements (but we'll only know after a few days of new user signups).

Today's scoreboard

Metric Numberz
Total subscribers 87
Storageboxes mounted 23
Rclone mounts 10
Tenant pods 819
Bugz squished 1
New toyz 1


As always, thanks for building with us - feel free to share suggestions, and your own ideas for new apps to add!