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Re: [GNUnet-developers] GNUnet deployment

From: Christian Grothoff
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] GNUnet deployment
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 20:05:42 -0700
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Dear Aubrey,

First of all, I'm certainly willing to try help answer your questions. Also, 
if the documentation is insufficient, you might find me and others that are 
able to help on the GNUnet IRC channel, which might be more appropriate for 

As for limiting connections to "on campus", the existing transports lack an 
option for that (you can only deny connections to certain IPs, not restrict 
to a certain range).  Now, this is a feature that should take only a few 
minutes to add and I'll be happy to do so. Having such a large but private 
network could certainly give us useful feedback.

In order to bootstrap new peers, you will need to run one or more http servers 
which offer a single file (a hostlist).  The contrib/ directory contains 
various scripts (PHP, shell script, etc.) to generate such a hostlist, and 
the README describes the details as well.  The http hostlist servers must 
also be GNUnet peers.  

For configuration, just use the gnunet-setup tool (with the wizard for the 
daemon), this should not be too difficult.  The most tricky issue for new 
users are that searches are case-sensitive and precise -- you query must 
match exactly the keyword provided during insertion.  So "GPL" is not "gpl".  
Also, there is no simple "share directory" where all files that should be 
shared by GNUnet should be copied.  Instead, you must use gnunet-gtk or 
gnunet-insert to upload files or directories explicitly.  Depending on the 
size of the structure, this may take quite a while!  Also, note that GNUnet 
does understand directories, so you can structure your uploads and help users 
with their searches that way.

Final note: you should expect some unexpected problems during the deployment, 
especially since I am not aware of anyone else having done a private GNUnet 
at this scale.


On Tuesday 12 December 2006 14:47, Aubrey Bailey wrote:
> I am interested in deploying a fairly large scale GNUnet on my campus's
> network. This was previously done using a DC Hub, but was shut down by
> the owners over privacy concerns. Thus GNUnet seems an ideal solution. I
> have already downloaded and installed GNUnet on my machine and played
> around with a few options such as limiting the connections to on-campus
> IPs. Could you please highlight some of the major facets of GNUnet that
> would help to make this a successful experiment? Also perhaps a brief
> walk-though of the major points of configuration of both client (for the
> less technically apt members) and server (to make sure I don't fall into
> any unexpected pit-traps) ends of the utility. The entire network is
> 100Mb over FDDI rings and other various fiber connections. So although I
> would like to preserve bandwidth and transfer speeds, it isn't a major
> concern. I also hope to be able to provide valuable load testing and
> security information to the project through intensive use (5000+ users).
> Thank you for your time and continued development, and I look forward to
> being able to help one another.
>           Sincerely,
> Aubrey Bailey
> P.S. If you don't feel like responding with these requests, that is
> acceptable also, I will be scouring the FAQs and such over the next
> several days regardless.
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