This is the list of frequently asked questions regarding ~vern and the services we host. We try our best to answer these questions, but if something must be specified, contact an admin. This is is ever-expanding, and if you want an item added, contact an admin.
Sign up by going to the registration page and filling out the form. An admin will review your request. You will get an e-mail if your request was accepted.
Send a request from the e-mail you used to register and an admin will replace your key.
No. We use WireGuard to connect our VPS to the main tilde. Unlike other public UNIX-like systems where all IP addresses are leaked, all connections to ~vern's services show up as coming from 10.7.0.1. This includes the website.
We use debian on almost all of our servers with non-free repos disabled. The exception is our PubnixVM which runs NixOS with Linux-Libre.
For more info, see /sysinfo
Simply place all the relevant site files in
~/public_html for HTTP,
~/public_gopher for Gopher &
~/public_gemini for Gemini. This will be the root directory for your website/gopherhole/capsule. For example, if a user foo wanted a site, they would create
/home/foo/public_html/index.html. A file
/bar in foo's user site would be located at
User sites for HTTP are rendered on the URL foo.vern.cc and vern.cc/~foo. User sites for Gemini also render on both URLs. Sadly, due to protocol limitations, gopher only renders on vern.cc/~foo
Install any server that supports UNIX sockets. Then make it listen on
/home/your-username/.webserver.sock. Any requests to *-your-username.vern.cc will use the socket.
Just place your ASCII PGP key (e.g.
gpg -a --export yourkeyid) in
~/.pgp.asc and it will be accessible via vern.cc/p/username.asc
Alternatively, you can place a binary export of your key in
~/.pgp.gpg, and have it accessible via vern.cc/p/username.gpg
If you would like a service to be hosted by us, contact an admin and discuss it with them. You could also add it here or here. We are always open to new services to host, but it may take a while to get it fully set up.
We currently have nix home-manager set up (run
nix-shell '<home-manager>' -A install to generate the default config) set up, so you can install any libre software that is in the nix repositories into your own home directory. If a package is popular we might install it globally.
It is possible by adding a CNAME record to your domain that points to username.vern.cc.
If a service is not working, please inform an admin.
Sadly, our tildeserver's ISP does not provide IPv6. Therefore IPv6 won't be possible until we sort it out..
To prevent zip bombing and related activities on the Pubnix, we make use of ZFS User Quotas.
If you have a real use case for more than 20 GiB of storage, please contact an admin. We only need a solid reason and an assurance that you won't zip bomb or similar the PubnixVM.
Typically this happens because of incorrect permissions in the folder.
www-data user must be able to read your website directory, so make your home directory executable and
public_gemini readable and executable.
You can fix the permissions by running
chmod 711 ~; chmod 755 ~/public_html ~/public_gemini ~/public_gopher
Contact any admin by using the contact methods listed at the admins page. The admin will give you a message signed to your ssh pubkey which you can decrypt with your privkey. If that succeeds, you will be given back access to your ~vern account