2019-11-07 Epicyon

Today I stumbled upon Epicyon:

Epicyon is an AGPL licensed ActivityPub protocol compliant federated social network server suitable for hosting a small number of accounts on low power systems requiring minimal maintenance, such as single board computers. It’s the ActivityPub equivalent of an email server, storing posts as human readable JSON on file, rather than in a database. It also uses only a small amount of RAM.

This is right up my alley. No weird Ruby code like Mastodon. No new stuff like Elixir. No database! I work with databases all day long and that’s why my wiki also doesn’t use a database.

Yay! I might try this myself.



Now that I have it running, I noticed:

  • requests is a dependency (should fix docs)
  • using ö in the bio resulted in an encoding error
  • images can only be PNG files, perhaps?

– Alex Schroeder 2019-11-09 22:27 UTC

I edited /etc/systemd/system/epicyon.service to set --registration to closed and reloaded it all by running systemctl daemon-reload. I think the subsequent systemctl restart epicyon wasn’t necessary.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-11-10 12:34 UTC

Well, I’ve added some issues. And I’m still struggling with remote following.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-11-10 21:31 UTC

Another aspect I dislike is that basically whatever CPU Quota you give Epicyon, that’s what it takes. What’s it doing? Somehow I was expecting it to not do anything if other instances didn’t contact it.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-11-12 21:13 UTC

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