Running WriteFreely on FreeBSD

This site is a WriteFreely site, running on FreeBSD 12. As it happens, making WriteFreely fly on FreeBSD was more problematic than I expected.

To quote my own README:

The trick is that their ActivityPub implementation is a beast to build. I've never had the go complier get hit by the OOM killer before so that was special.

I tried cross-compiling the app on my Linux laptop but the app requires cgo. Go's usual cross-compilation magic doesn't apply. WriteFreely's release process builds binaries for Linux, Windows, and Mac via xgo. xgo, in turn, requires docker and a huge docker image. Fuck that.

I ended up throwing it into my beefy HardenedBSD server. The build process chewed 3GB of RAM and most of 8 cores.

To maybe help someone else, I'm publishing the binary I built and the startup script I wrote over at https://git.sungo.wtf/sungo/writefreely-freebsd

The binary was built on HardenedBSD 11 with go 1.11 and I'm running it on FreeBSD 12.

I'll keep the repo up to date as new releases occur.