|HONK(8)||System Manager's Manual||HONK(8)|
honk — honk
honk daemon processes messages from
other federated servers. This is the admin manual. For user operation, see
Set up a TLS reverse proxy.
listen on TCP or unix sockets, but will not terminate TLS. https is a
required component for federation. Also, http signature verification
requires accurate time keeping.
Make sure to pass the Host header, if necessary (as for nginx).
proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
honk requires a go compiler and
libsqlite. On OpenBSD this is the go and sqlite3
packages. Other platforms may require additional development libraries or
headers to be installed. Run make. Please be patient. Even on fast machines,
building from source can take several seconds.
The following options control where
looks for data.
init command. This will create the
database and ask four questions, as well as creating the initial user. See
below about importing existing data.
Run honk. Log messages are sent to stderr and should probably be redirected to a file.
Add custom memes (stickers) to the memes data directory. Image and video files are supported.
Add custom emus (emoji) to the emus data directory. Image files are supported.
Site CSS may be overridden by creating a views/local.css file in the data directory. A restart is required after changes.
Custom HTML messages may be added to select pages by using the
admin command. A restart is required after
- Displayed on the home page.
- Displayed on the about page.
- Displayed about the login form.
- avatar colors
- Four 32-bit hex colors (RGBA).
New users can be added with the
command. This is discouraged.
Passwords may be reset with the
Users may be deleted with the
The database may grow large over time. The
cleanup [days] command exists
to purge old data, by default 30 days. This removes unreferenced, unsaved
posts and attachments. It does not remove any original content.
Backups may be performed by running
dirname. Backups only include the minimal necessary information.
Stop the old honk process. Backup the database. Perform the
upgrade with the
upgrade command. Restart.
The current version of the honk binary may be printed with the
Sometimes servers simply disappear, resulting in many errors
trying to deliver undeliverable messages. Running
unplug hostname will delete
all subscriptions and pending deliveries.
honk is not currently hardened against
SSRF, server side request forgery. Be mindful of what other services may be
exposed via localhost or the local network.
Debug mode may be enabled or disabled by running
debug on|off. In debug mode,
secure cookies are disabled and templates are reloaded every request. Debug
mode is really more useful for development, not debugging production.
Data may be imported and converted from other services using the
import command. Posts are imported and backdated to
appear as old honks. No other information is imported. Currently supports
Mastodon and Twitter exported data.
To prepare a Mastodon data archive, extract the archive-longhash.tar.gz file.
./honk import username mastodon source-directory
To prepare a Twitter data archive, extract the twitter-longhash.zip file. After unzipping the data archive, navigate to the tweet_media directory and unzip any zip files contained within.
./honk import username twitter source-directory
To support separate mentions without a subdomain, e.g. @email@example.com and https://honk.example.com/u/user, add a ('masqname', 'example.com') row to the config table of the database. Route /.well-known/webfinger from the top domain to honk.
Custom URL seperators (not "u" and "h") may be specified by adding "usersep" and "honksep" options to the config table. e.g. example.com/users/username/honk/somehonk instead of example.com/u/username/h/somehonk.
honk files are split between the data
directory and the view directory. Both default to "." but may be
specified by command line options.
The data directory contains:
- The main database.
- Media and attachment storage.
- Custom emoji.
- Stickers and such.
- Locally customized CSS.
The view directory contains:
- HTML templates and CSS files.
This series of commands creates a new database, sets a friendly welcome message, and runs honk.
honk-v98> make honk-v98> ./honk -datadir ../honkdata init username: puffy password: OxychromaticBlowfishSwatDynamite listen address: /var/www/honk.sock server name: honk.example.com honk-v98> ./honk -datadir ../honkdata admin honk-v98> date; ./honk -datadir ../honkdata >> log 2>&1
The views directory includes a sample pleroma.css to change color scheme.
honk-v98> mkdir ../honkdata/views honk-v98> cp views/pleroma.css ../honkdata/views/local.css
Upgrade to the next version. Clean things up a bit.
datadir> cp honk.db backup.db datadir> cd ../honk-v99 honk-v99> make honk-v99> ./honk -datadir ../honkdata upgrade honk-v99> ./honk -datadir ../honkdata cleanup honk-v99> date; ./honk -datadir ../honkdata >> log 2>&1
Image processing and scaling requires considerable memory. It is recommended to adjust the datasize ulimit to at least 1GB.
There's no online upgrade capability. Upgrades may result in minutes of downtime.
|September 20, 2020||OpenBSD 6.7|