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Subject: [gopher] Re: Gopher server on shared host
From: "John Harris Stevenson" <tranquileye.gopher@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2008 22:35:35 -0400
Reply-to: gopher@xxxxxxxxxxxx

This has been an interesting thread.
DreamHost has just begun to offer a virtual host to complement their
existing shared hosting, which I have been using for several years. When I
asked about running a gopher server the support staff there suggested I try
the virtual server, but I think without root I'm not likely to be
successful. I do have a unique IP.

I'm going to try with PyGopherd, though it will be difficult to test without
the port binding.


On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 12:29 PM, Brandon Poder <xythonix@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Cameron Kaiser wrote:
> >> Any recommendations for a Gopher server to run in a shared Linux
> hosting
> >> environment?
> >> We're on DreamHost PS (, so can run
> processes,
> >> but do not have root access. I've looked at some of the gopher servers
> on
> >> offer and a recommendation would be helpful. Thanks!
> >>
> >
> > The primary problem you will have is running a process on port 70. If
> your
> > package allows you to bind port numbers that low through some sort of
> > trusted method, and you have your own IP, there should be no problem.
> >
> > If you cannot bind port 70, you can still run a server on a high port
> > number such as 7070. How you would do this depends on the server package
> > you use. The primary issue there is that Mozilla is hardcoded to only
> use
> > port 70, part of the thing that OverbiteFF seeks to change (speaking of
> > which, there will be a new OverbiteFF release later tonight -- more
> shortly).
> >
> >
> I find it odd that you do not have root access on a shared host.  I
> currently run two separate VPS servers that are remotely hosted via Xen
> that both allow full root access and all major ports and the ability for
> multiple ip's for an extra dollar per month.  I use VPS Land and NDC
> Host both allowing full control over your VPS.  The prices are
> reasonable I actually prefer NDC host over VPS Land but I required two
> separate servers for Python network development that would allow for
> rapid data transmission between the two servers.
> Brandon

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