Hey Fedi - what are you using for reading (if you use rss)?

I decided to get back into it after a long break, and am trying to decide between one of the providers and selfhosting.

I am trying to have it accessible and synced (including read posts) between desktop (probably web, but maybe a dedicated client) and android (FeedMe?).

Being able to fetch the whole article for select feeds is important, but secondary.

All advice and experiences welcome.

Boosts welcome.

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After few days, I am leaning more towards inoreader. It does ≈90% of what I want, and it does it out of the box.

I could probably get a FOSS setup that does 100% of what I want going if I knew what I was doing. Right now I am stabbing in the dark with a VPS and when stuff doesn't work I am lost on how to fix it — my minimal hosting experience from early 2000s no longer applies.

I will keep stabbing at it for few more days, but I am not holding my breath that I can make it work.

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@FredBednarski if u wanna ask questions feel free to shoot em my way
Mid tier VPS un-kerfudgler reporting for duty

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@aynish Thank you - will do :) I am starting a fresh VPS now because I feel I messed up the last one and will probably send some questions when I hit a dead end :P

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@aynish Oh yeah, have one basic question - I did try to use nginx last time, now I am thinking apache2 (this is all on a free oracle VPS) because this is what the rss aggregators have as recommendation (mainly freshRSS, I am kinda giving up on tt-rss as it seems the dev is not a nice person, and I think it is now broken unless you use docker, which I know nothing of).

Any opinion on what I should use? What you have more experience with?

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@FredBednarski I have more experience with nginx but ultimately both are quite similar (though learning the differences is quite annoying). I found PHP apps to be much easier to configure on Apache (as that seems to be what most PHP devs use?) And it seems this is true of FreshRSS too.

I guess what I'm saying is there isn't really a right/wrong answer and choosing what gets you off the ground quickest is probably best. You can always come back and swap if you find a compelling x

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@aynish Thanks, then I will go with apache, follow some guides and see if I can get it going.

One thing that I want is to have it accessible through as a folder (example.com/freshrss/) vs top domain (example.com), but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. I am sure this is just a matter of changing something in apache config and maybe changing where a symbolic link points to (from?)

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@FredBednarski indeed you're on the right track! You don't need it to be a symbolic link, but in the virtual hosts you can define an endpoint as the root of a directory (/freshrss) instead of as the domain root :)

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@aynish The symbolic link I think is for later, as freshrss recommends it as per here: freshrss.github.io/FreshRSS/en

For the root for fresh rss should I add /freshrss/ in the DocumentRoot here, or is it something else?

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@FredBednarski ahh I see
No its above that, should change VirtualHost. Currently you're telling Apache that all users coming to any domain on port 80 get served content from that DocumentRoot. You want to instead say all users coming to <domain>/<endpoint>:80 will be served from that DocumentRoot. So like VirtualHost example.com/freshrss:80

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@FredBednarski actually wait no, I'm getting confused with nginx and Apache. I think you want a ServerName inside the VirtualHost block that points to the endpoint

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@aynish No worries, I thought I should get it working in the main domain, and once this is working I will mess with changing that to endpoint ;)

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@aynish ...and I broke something that even the default html is now not showing, even tho apache seems to be running :P

I am done with it for today, it's getting late here and I am getting sleepy. Will take a few stabs at it tomorrow, and if not, I might just let it go.

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@aynish Oh yeah, and I have an instance of fresh rss running on an easier/shared VPS, but that will start costing me money next month so this is why I am struggling with the free Oracle thing.

Anyway, thank you for your help :) You've been very patient with me as I am stabbing in the dark :P

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@FredBednarski hehehe happy to help, I kinda love troubleshooting :3
If you do try again and have further questions am certainly available!
Might be time for me to run my own RSS instance to help out the Merv crew! :P

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@aynish That would be cool, especially if there is interest. I enjoy my instance of ttrss. The only thing that is really missing for me (apart from a good windows client, but I can do without) is an android app that downloads read articles. This is why I was planning on checking tt-rss, but that is even more alien than freshrss to me (I couldn't get it going even on the server where I got freshrss to work ;).

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@FredBednarski yeah ttrss is a fkn nightmare ngl
I tried to set it up and one time got it running, but it was hell and I disavowed it

Honestly would love to run a feedbin instance, but its quite resource intensive, so maybe not :/
I do already run an rssHub instance at rss.sea light.xyz (though it seems my certificate expired?)
Eventually I will have to retire my home server (if I move onto a boat) which makes me sad to think about...

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@aynish Ok, I got the default nginx html to show - progress :D

Do I need setup a domain for nginx conf files (server_name)? Right now I'm just using the IP and would like to have it all working and tested before I transfer my site to this server.

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@FredBednarski woooo! yeah I'd highly recommend using a server_name! Otherwise you can only have 1 server block to serve stuff from

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@aynish Currently testing without server_name declared. Can't tell you how happy the view below has made me.

I mean, I knew that after repeated stabbing in the dark I will eventually hit something to make it work, but still!

Currently running nginx from main /var/www/html/ folder

...oh and I don't mind having only one server block. My plan is to host my www on the main domain and have some special folders where I can access stuff like rss, but we will see how it will all go :)

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@FredBednarski fucking awesome!!!! look at you go :D

god it's a good feeling when computers work. glad to hear it all worked out!!

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