My ‘dynamic’ IP is pretty static

I have been running this web server on a Raspberry Pi Zero W in my coat closet for three months, and my dynamic IP still hasn’t changed. That’s good because I still haven’t implemented a script to change where my URL points from FreeDNS in the event that my home IP changes. At some point I guess it’ll happen, and the server will be offline until I figure it out.
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Google Cloud nuked the web server on my VM

I wasn’t paying for my Google Cloud VM, and it turns out the price was right. Since I started working on my own server in the coat closet, I haven’t been using my free Google VM. I got an email today saying that it’s been 120 days since I’ve opened Google Cloud Shell. If I didn’t log in, “in 7 days, your Cloud Shell home directory will be automatically scheduled for deletion.
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Permissions are hard

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Shared hosting does take care of a lot for you

As I build my own server — and this would be the same for a cloud VPS or a local computer, there is a lot to set up and configure. Shared hosts like NearlyFreeSpeech.net (which I will be using more soon) and Hostgator (which I’ve used for years and will probably be using less) take care of many things in a safe and secure way. Setting up your own server is very much like reinventing the wheel.
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Setting up FTP on my Raspberry Pi

Running your own servers — be they VPSes on Google, AWS or Digital Ocean, or Raspberry Pis in the closet — is a learning experience. You have to put on your sysadmin hat and get to work. Today I’m trying to figure out the ftp server. I’ve used a hundred of them but never installed and configured one. The hardest part to figure out is the SSL encryption. If you see this file, it means I’ve made some progress.
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Set umask in vsftpd so incoming files have 644 permissions

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File permissions and ownership that make Ode’s Indexette work on a Debian Buster server

This was easier on Hostgator, where everything is “owned” by my user account and everything works. To get Ode addins to work, the /data directory is owned by my user and is in the www-data group. The /data/addins/state directory has the same ownership and permissions (755). The /data/addins/state/Indexette directory is owned by www-data and is in the www-data group and has permissions 755. The files created by Indexette in /data/addins/state/Indexette are aux_index_file and primary_index_file.
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