Administrators Eric Posted July 22, 2021 Administrators Share Posted July 22, 2021 Hello. Another site issue is rearing its head and I need to deal with it. The issue is hard drive space and attachment file storage. With the type of hosting I have been using since last November, the hard drive space the site uses is much faster, but space is more limited. That space is being filed at a rate that is starting to be a problem. Movie files are the biggest file attachments being stored here, by a very large margin. I've just been looking and I was surprised by how large some of these files are and by how much total space they are occupying. I know there are some of you that like to upload movie files here. The option has been turned off since the recent software upgrade, due to some early stability concerns. I am sorry, but that feature will not be coming back. It just uses too much of the site's available resources. It is free and easy to set up an account on YouTube and you can then link to the files here. File sizes aside, the bandwidth to stream those movies also uses a lot of resources. If the videos are hosting by YouTube, it is not my bandwidth being used to serve them. I hope you all understand. When I first started the site, I did not place file size limits on attachment files. We were on a much more expensive server then and hard drive space was not an issue. Now, there are some individual accounts using significant portions of the sites available storage capacity. One account, in particular, is using 10% of the server's total hard drive space. I was sahocked by this, when I was looking at the sotrage stats this morning.This isn't anyone's fault, but mine. I set the standards and I have allowed this unlimited upload of attachments. I need to start imposing some limits to the size and total number of file attachments allowed, per user and per user group. I won't be making any changes on this right now and when I do, the settings will be generous. Let me give you an example: A 10mb limit on the size of a single picture uploaded is more than fair. It is, in fact, five times as much as many of the other sites I use allow. When looking at the files stored on the server today though, I found a single picture image that was almost ten times that size and I found more than five-hundred that were 30mb or large. I am going to write a program to go through the file attachment directories that are older than two years, to resize the images stored there. That will buy some breathing room. This isn't a crissis if I start addressing it now. It will start becoming one in as little as a month, if I don't. I just wanted to let you all know what was going on and why video hosting will not be returning to TBS. Thanks. 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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