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Offline Catherine Constantine

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What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:26:42 AM »
I am thinking that I am just going to turn my Raspberry Pi 3 model B into a web server since it's just sitting there unplugged since it was always on.

I don't want to wipe the card that I currently have in it since that is what holds my emulators, but I am not sure what is the best buy for a microSD card that will be used to run a SMF forum and all other associated programs needed.

I am getting close to starting this project.

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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2018, 12:53:15 AM »
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2018, 01:06:23 AM »
Make it fast, make it large enough to hold your files and database. That's about it.
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2018, 04:44:33 AM »
So for a rough estimate, would you say 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, or larger?

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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2018, 04:48:47 AM »
That sounds awesome!

Any card will work as long as it fits the device. The operating system and webserver take up much more space than SMF.
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2018, 04:54:54 PM »
Do you have a recommended maximum that I should be looking for? I'm thinking 128 GB.

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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2018, 04:59:59 PM »
That would be more than enough. Unless you are doing serious file and video hosting.
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2018, 09:46:30 PM »
Do you have a recommended maximum that I should be looking for? I'm thinking 128 GB.

Might be a bit of an overkill... unless, as vbgamer45 pointed out, you're planning on uploading and hosting large files ;).
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2019, 05:23:20 PM »
Could you keep us updated as to how it goes. Was just thinking myself the other day about getting a raspberry pi as a development server running Ubuntu (working with Linux would be new territory for me)

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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2019, 07:02:31 AM »
If you do that make plenty backups as I never trust the longevity of those things.

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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2019, 09:56:15 AM »
This is my micro-server, has LAMP, few php scripts and SMF (2.0/2.1) with few themes installed.

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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2019, 09:17:32 PM »
Is it a Pi 3 B or a Pi 3 B+?
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2019, 08:50:48 PM »
Though not as small and as cheap as the RPi 3 B+, the design is better. More I/O ports, SATA as well (something that the RPi, at least to my knowledge, never had). Good choice ;). If nothing else, the power connector is not Micro USB based, like the RPi ::). 3A over Micro USB ???... really ???... who came up with that design ::).

What are the load times :)?
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2019, 02:17:37 AM »
If Linux is installed on one, can it have PHP, Apache, MySQL, etc set up very close to the typical setup that a hosting company would use?

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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2019, 04:23:47 AM »
If Linux is installed on one, can it have PHP, Apache, MySQL, etc set up very close to the typical setup that a hosting company would use?
Yes, there are actually specially tailored distros available for that I think.
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2019, 05:00:47 AM »
I guarantee you the configuration on a microSD card version of MySQL really should be quite different to what is done on a hosting grade server, if done properly. The characteristics make it such that you should configure it differently to avoid wearing the SD card out sooner than it should be (and configured differently for performance and reliability)
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2019, 05:18:04 AM »
I guarantee you the configuration on a microSD card version of MySQL really should be quite different to what is done on a hosting grade server, if done properly. The characteristics make it such that you should configure it differently to avoid wearing the SD card out sooner than it should be (and configured differently for performance and reliability)

Would setting up a virtual machine on a PC (Windows 8.1) for development in a Linux environment be better than using a Raspberry Pi?

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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2019, 05:26:07 AM »
Why does it need a Linux environment in the first place? Also, why does it need to be configured exactly the same way? The reality is that you will never get access to the level of configuration on a hosting company because they won’t tell you how they have it configured and anything else is largely guesswork.

For the record I’ve been happily developing on XAMPP and WampServer for years even though never running on Windows in production. I learned many years ago that trying to replicate the hosting environment never works out.

And that persists today, I run stuff that is much larger and much more complex than SMF on much larger hosting environments (multiple servers, load balancer etc.) and we never have the staging environment be a full replica of production, bearing in mind that the AWS hosting bill for one customer runs into 5 figures per month...
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Re: What sort of microSD card should I buy to run a SMF Forum?
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2019, 08:28:23 AM »
Though not as small and as cheap as the RPi 3 B+, the design is better. More I/O ports, SATA as well (something that the RPi, at least to my knowledge, never had). Good choice ;). If nothing else, the power connector is not Micro USB based, like the RPi ::). 3A over Micro USB ???... really ???... who came up with that design ::).

What are the load times :)?

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