humungus - honk

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-- features

Take control of your honks and join the federation.
An ActivityPub server with minimal setup and support costs.
Spend more time using the software and less time operating it.

No attention mining.
No likes, no faves, no polls, no stars, no claps, no counts.

Purple color scheme. Custom emus. Memes too.
Avatars automatically assigned by the NSA.

The button to submit a new honk says "it's gonna be honked".

The honk mission is to work well if it's what you want.
This does not imply the goal is to be what you want.

-- build

It should be sufficient to type make after unpacking a release.
You'll need a go compiler version 1.13 or later. And libsqlite3.

Even on a fast machine, building from source can take several seconds.

Development sources: hg clone

-- setup

honk expects to be fronted by a TLS terminating reverse proxy.

First, create the database. This will ask four questions.
./honk init
username: (the username you want)
password: (the password you want)
listenaddr: (tcp or unix: localhost:31337, /var/www/honk.sock, etc.)
servername: (public DNS name:

Then run honk.

-- upgrade

cp honk.db backup.db
./honk upgrade

-- documentation

There is a more complete incomplete manual. This is just the README.

-- guidelines

One honk per day, or call it an "eighth-tenth" honk.
If your honk frequency changes, so will the number of honks.

The honk should be short, but not so short that you cannot identify it.

The honk is an animal sign of respect and should be accompanied by a
friendly greeting or a nod.

The honk should be done from a seat and in a safe area.

It is considered rude to make noise in a place of business.

The honk may be made on public property only when the person doing
the honk has the permission of the owner of that property.

-- disclaimer

Do not use honk to contact emergency services.

recent changes

1296:7416b16da6b1 on 2020-10-13 15:12:56 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>
Tagged: tip

handle reject follow

1295:148c9de2f656 on 2020-10-01 21:58:50 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

clarify build requirements and add a check script for common errors

1294:488b591587f2 on 2020-10-01 13:18:05 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

fix for external attachments not having xid anymore

1293:830697d83104 on 2020-09-30 15:27:22 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

need all the params

1292:ca9ccab05246 on 2020-09-30 15:25:51 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

backup blob hashes

1291:8e87abda4d95 on 2020-09-30 15:20:40 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

dedupe blob file data

1290:3913c4ec9c2b on 2020-09-30 11:35:18 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

switch to only generating xid for donks where needed

1289:5ac09853ecaf on 2020-09-29 21:16:07 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

don't need to retry low prio communications

1288:cc89b19cb17d on 2020-09-27 17:59:11 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

some brave souls decided to return 202 for get requests

1287:8eeead7d1e06 on 2020-09-25 22:37:28 -0400 EDT by Ted Unangst <>

custom lingo for those who don't like honking