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 Post subject: Re: OwnCloud SOLVED!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:22 pm 
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I've experimented with OwnCloud for 5-6 hours and my conclusion is that it is promising, but has issues that preclude me using it at this time:

1. Bug#1: Directly mounted /myth/gallery, which contains 6,680 photos (jpeg), resolution=1280x720, total size=3.9GB. Ran for a long time and eventually the back end threw an error. Some were loaded, some were not. Never able to get all of them loaded.

Note on bug # 1: I tried this scenario several times - it did success one of the times I tried it. In this scenario it took tens of minutes to attach the folder to OwnCloud and 90%+ of the CPU was consumed by OwnCloud during this time. (I am running on a dual-core Atom N330). During this time, attempts to access OwnCloud from my browser would result in intermittent failures.

2. Bug#2: Installed the sync program onto my Windows 7 laptop. Added 1.4GB of files to the local folder. The logs (/data/srv/httpd/htdocs/owncloud/data/owncloud.log) showed that 7 of the files never successfully uploaded. It tried to upload each failed file 3 times; all 3 attempts failed. I tried syncing other folders with a large number of files -- same issue.

Finally, I experimented with using both MySQL vs. sqLITE for the database. My conclusion is that OwnCloud is more dependable when using MySQL, but all of the problems listed above occurred with either database backend.

I am putting OwnCloud aside for now -- might try it a few versions from now -- I see other people reporting similar issues.

In the meantime, I have ordered a ZyXel NSA325 that supports a "home Cloud" service using Polkast. My current NAS is a D-Link DNS-321. Based on this review at SmallNetBuilder, looks like my data transfers will be 4X - 8X faster with this unit. (~10-13MB/sec vs. 50-80MB/sec.) Based on these charts, the ZyXel NSA325 delivered the best performance at it's price point across a wide array of home NAS offerings. I managed to catch it while it was on sale for $149.

I'll let you know how it works out.

How is OwnClould working for you?

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 Post subject: Re: OwnCloud SOLVED!
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:20 am 
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It's good to hear that someone has put ownCloud into real tests. I haven't had the time (or need) to use it as extensively as you, and for me it has worked quite ok. I've only used iOS and OS X clients, but then again, very lightly.

I agree, we should regard ownCloud as "experimental" for now.


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 Post subject: Re: OwnCloud SOLVED!
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:25 pm 
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Did some more fiddling -- figured out how to secure things -- previous problems were self-induced pilot error.

Generate the key
Code:
cd /etc/lighttpd
openssl req -new -x509 -keyout server.pem -out server.pem -days 365 –nodes
chmod 400 /etc/lighttpd/server.pem


To disable http access and enable only https access, add the following lines to /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf and “sv restart lighttpd”
Code:
ssl.engine    = "enable"   
ssl.pemfile   = "/etc/lighttpd/server.pem"

To enable both http and https access, instead add the following lines and “sv restart lighttpd”:
Code:
$SERVER["socket"] == ":443" {
    ssl.engine                 = "enable"
    ssl.pemfile                = "/etc/lighttpd/server.pem"
 }


To enable secure access directly to owncloud on port 12345 (ie, https://192.168.11:12345), and leave http access on port 22, add the following lines and and “sv restart lighttpd”
Code:
$SERVER["socket"] == ":12345" {
    ssl.engine                 = "enable"
    ssl.pemfile                = "/etc/lighttpd/server.pem"
    server.document-root        = "/data/srv/httpd/htdocs/owncloud"
 }

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