Earlier I talked about wanting to try out running my own private Newznab auto-indexer. I think I started a little too lofty.
First go around was trying to backfill 1,100 days on just a few groups. That would have taken forever. Well, maybe a few days just for 3 groups. Not to mention the diskspace was going to run out fairly quick if you wanted to run a full blown indexer. I’m not sure if my tiny VPS would really be ideal.
Right now I’m looking at just backfilling the last 50,000 posts in each group. I don’t think this is really going to work out in the end either. For busy groups, that might only cover a few minutes worth of backfill. I would need to constantly be running the update scripts just to keep up. A dedicated server is the most ideal setup for doing that. Or at least not a budget VPS. I can empathize with Nzb.su wanting to charge money.
In my situation, the most practical setup is going to be to only activate a smallish number of groups, mostly to facilitate SickBeard API calls. Then maybe a few other groups that I would want to index that might not be indexed by the big indexers. Basically something that will pick up the slack and keep my API calls and NZB downloads on other sites lower. Maybe one day, I’ll have my own full private indexer.
Anyone wanting to set up their own for the public would find its pretty easy. If you have any experience with Apache or Nginx, you could set it up in just a few minutes.
I’m still going back and forth on how long I really want to use Newznab. In some ways Newzbin is a better fit, but if you’ve never used nzb.su, you’ll know that it’s super convenient. I feel kind of split on it. But if you’re the least bit interested and have a server, no reason not to give it a shot.