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Emby / Jellyfin transcode fixes

The recent transcode path fixes to Jellyfin / Emby have brought a small bug out of the woodwork.. in some cases, the streamers may insist on transcoding your media based on your perceived bandwidth limits, and then fail to transcode because (a) it's 4K content, or (b) the transcoding path is not set to /transcode, and we've prevented use of the network storage for such!

A simple workaround is to edit your Jellyfin / Emby users, and to remove their permissions to perform video transcodes, something like this:

Read on for more fixes...

Subscription bugfixes

So far we've found one bug with the subscription process improvements announced yesterday - if you had subscription pending cancellation (maybe you canceled a monthly subscription after a few days because you don't want to renew it), the system would deactivate your subscription immediately.

We'll now "hang on to" cancelled subscriptions until they age out - this could still cause a little bit of a nuisance if you cancel and resubscribe to the same app on a daily subscription, for example to fix your VPN configuration. In this case, the old "pending" and new "active" subscriptions would clash, and the config may get muddled.

If you're on a prepaid subscription though, you do have the option to either "cancel" (immediate), or "cancel when prepaid period ends" (pending).

If you're unlucky enough to stumble into this edge case, drop us an #elf-help ticket, and we'll sort it manually for you.

Force kills suspended

In March/April, when we were dealing with Ceph instability, we implemented "force" app restarts, which would restart your apps without waiting for the storage to disconnect (typically Plex and the Aars were culprits). Now that storage is purring like a happy, well-fed cat, there's hardly ever a legitimate need to force-kill a pod.

Since we made much of the storage single-attachable (ReadWriteOnce) as well, (to avoid the I/O congestion which caused the instability in the first place), force-killing pods generally makes their replacements unhappier, as they can sit and wait forever for the previous pod's storage volumes to "detach".

So I've turned off force-killing for now - if you find yourself needing to force-delete a pod, please create an #elf-help ticket, and we'll try to address the underlying problem instead :)

Today's scoreboard

Metric Numberz Delta
๐Ÿง Total subscribers 341 +5
๐Ÿ‘พ Zurg mounts: 116 +2
๐Ÿ’พ ElfStorage in TBs 93 -
๐Ÿฌ Tenant pods 2990 +77
๐Ÿฆธ Elf-vengers 8 -
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ Trainees 22 -
๐Ÿ› Bugz squished 2 -
๐Ÿ•น๏ธ New toyz 0 -


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