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Advice needed: moving instance domain 

So, I have an instance on a subdomain, london.fetish.church, and I'm wanting to move to the apex domain, fetish.church.

1. Is it possible to lift-and-shift an instance? If I change the config and update all mentions in any db dumps, would putting a redirecting microservice at the old subdomain work for not breaking old statuses?

2. If not, what's the best way of migrating all my users to new accounts on a new instance?

THANK YOU :heart_parrot:

Advice needed: moving instance domain 

I was going to tag the biggest #Fediverse admins I know of, but decided not to since they’re all feuding 😅

This is a great question!

Advice needed: moving instance domain 

@realcaseyrollins Oh god, hellthreading a bunch of people who are fighting would be a nightmare 😂

Advice needed: moving instance domain 

Haha yes! Perhaps I should ask people one at a time!

@stux, do you have advice on this?

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@realcaseyrollins @andi I do! :blobcatgiggle:

It's actually very simple, the "right" answer is no :sad_dog:

With all federation services like Mastodon, Pleroma, Misskey etc etc they all handle the same "basic rule": Everything BUT the hostname can be changed after it starts federating! Since it will break federation with already existing connections 😉

It not recommended to change the hostname but to simply fireup a new instance and move accounts accordingly ❤️

re: Advice needed: moving instance domain 

It not recommended to change the hostname but to simply fireup a new instance and move accounts accordingly

Is it possible/recommended to copy all user and post data/information to the new instance, so that post history can be preserved on the new instance?

re: Advice needed: moving instance domain 

@realcaseyrollins @andi I don't think so :sad_dog:​ Everything but posts can be migrated from a user perspective! In that case it would be all "new" accounts 😉

Tech it would all be possible ofc but it will only have a "local" view for that matter, older posts until this time(current) will not have federated yet until looked up manually from another instance for example

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@realcaseyrollins @stux @andi The only instance to successfully pull this off was neckbeard.xyz to bae.st and it took them a week or more of database fuckery to get it done.

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Would it be appropriate to tag in the #Baest admin then?

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@realcaseyrollins @stux @andi Pretty sure graf from poast and pete from fse helped him out doing it.

With all federation services like Mastodon, Pleroma, Misskey etc etc they all handle the same "basic rule":



Nomadic identity exists on the fediverse. So not "all" but merely "most" services.

Advice needed: moving instance domain 

@andi AFAIK changing the domain breaks federation.

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@andi Unfortunately, github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i. You could set up a separate instance and put it up on the subdomain, however, offering your users to sign-up there instead.

Advice needed: moving instance domain 

@andi
In short , no. Mainly because its the user identity. It might work in theory if you redirect stuff https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/issues/5774#issuecomment-719997883
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