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Supporting Stremio

So we've scaled our infrastructure for growth, and have started to grow the Elf-Vengers team to help new elves get started.

We've spent the last few maintenance windows applying bugfixes, including:

  • RDTClient wasn't symlink-downloading properly due to the tightened restrictions we place on our pods - we don't let them run as root (yay!), but RDTClient is doing something which requires root (boo!), and it's not logging it, so (for now), we're choosing the lesser of the two weevils, and preferring a working pod over a secured, non-working one!

  • ElfBot wouldn't properly claim or restart Plex under some conditions, resulting in users thinking they'd claimed a server, when in fact they hadn't.

  • rclone + zurg was consuming lots of ephemeral space (very quickly), causing Kubernetes to restart the rclone CSI pod, and briefly disrupt connectivity to your RD mounts. This one we finished tonight, it basically required the reinstallation of all our our worker nodes with a larger drive partitioning scheme.

  • I've been replacing our 64GB nodes with 128GB ones - they seem less susceptible to slow I/O issues, perhaps because ceph has more RAM to work with.

Now that we've done some housekeeping, we're ready for some new houseguests...

Torrentio refugees

Torrentio is a free indexer which scrapes public torrent trackers, and then uses your debrid credentials to check whether your provider has those torrents cached. It returns a list of cached torrents.

This is useful, for example, to have Radarr / Sonarr find debrid-cached torrents to send to RDTClient, to download or to "fake download" using symlinks, for easy streaming.

The most popular use of torrentio is to facilitate turn-key streaming using Stremio, a free and polished streaming client with a huge addon ecosystem. The advantage of Stremio is that it runs in a lot of places Plex doesn't, like crummy little $20 Android TV setups.

Recently the torrentio+stremio combination has become so popular that the (free) service has started to fail, and r/debrid is plagued by non-technical users complaining about how "realdebrid is down" ๐Ÿคฆ (and in fact, the rate-limits employed impact users who run automation to populate big media libraries)

Enthusiasts have found and forked the original torrentio code, and various efforts are underway to reverse-engineer scrapers etc, to "self-host" torrentio..

.. see where I'm going with this?

So, I present to you, our own torrentio instance, at!

The idea is this:

  1. Anybody cane use the instance, rate-limited to 1 request every 10 sec (enough for casual streaming)
  2. ElfHosted users can subscribe to their own instance, rate-limited to 1 request every second
  3. Elfhosted apps get free access to the indexer internally, with no rate-limits

Here's an easy guide : Stream from Real-Debrid using Self Hosted Torrentio Addon

I plan to announce the free instance on r/realdebrid and r/StremioAddons in the next 12h or so, please share do it wherever you hand out (Discords, Reddit, etc.)

Today's scoreboard

Metric Numberz Delta
Total subscribers 192 +22
Storageboxes mounted 18 -
๐Ÿ’พ ElfStorage in TBs 51 +2
Rclone mounts 112 +13
Tenant pods 2532 +321
๐Ÿฆธ Elf-vengers 3 -
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ Trainees 2 -
Bugz squished 4
New toyz 1 -


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