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Health alerts, badges, GDrive & WebDAV

Just after I bragged yesterday about the increase in pod count, a bug in the webhook handler caused all subsequent orders to get stuck for ~10 hours! If you'd made a change to your subscription during that time, or signed up, you'd have been wondering where your apps went and why nothing provisioned ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Here's what this looked like...

Prometheus graph showing pod count with a 10h plateu indicating webhook failure

I squished the bug and hardened the webhook receiver, then tried to process all the backlogged orders. If you received a few duplicate confirmations this morning, that'll be why. If you placed an order and didn't receive it, try cancelling and then resuming the order to force the update.

Health Alerts

What I didn't expect is how many users would sign up for service and not jump into Discord, or get in touch when things didn't work. Discord makes announcmements / updates so easy, that I realized I hadn't invested enough effort into other communications channels, like email (an emailed welcome on purchase is still on the to-do-asap list)

Since we're still at beta-level stability, and I don't want a reputation for being unreliable, I wanted a way to alert users to changes to their apps' health - I discovered that we can do this with our existing health dashboard (using Gatus), by enabling email alerting. After a brief poll of the #elf-friends channel, I've now turned this on, so if you've got any unhealthy apps (and there are a few still), you'll get one email after 20m of downtime, and one email upon recovery.

Here's what the email looks like...

Introducing RDT Client

Today we added RDT Client, a web interface to manage your torrents on Real-Debrid, AllDebrid or Premiumize.

Screenshot of RDT client

It supports the following features:

  • Add new torrents through magnets or files
  • Download all files from Real-Debrid, AllDebrid or Premiumize to your local machine automatically
  • Unpack all files when finished downloading
  • Implements a fake qBittorrent API so you can hook up other applications like Sonarr, Radarr, Lidarr, etc

The fake qBittorrent API is the killer feature - it means you can hook your Premiumize (etc) subscription to the Arrs, and auto-source and download directly as if you were using qBittorrent locally.

See more on the app page, or perform a 24h trial / subscription at the store!

ElfHosted Business model

Shortly after receiving our first actual payment for services, Stripe got in touch and asked me to clarify how the business works, to ensure we're supportable under their Restricted Businesses list

I responded as below, and thought that this would be useful to blog, since it succintly summarizes my thoughts about how ElfHosted operates.