Question on Mozilla support for self-hosting

James Sundquist sundquistjames at
Tue Apr 3 19:34:10 UTC 2018

There is a post on Reddit to gather more opinions here:

I’m just hoping to increase interactions between the Mozilla Sync-dev team
and the community.  I hope it is both helpful and fruitful.  Thanks!

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 6:51 AM Elmar Knipp <Elmar.Knipp at> wrote:

> Am 03.04.2018 um 02:20 schrieb Mark Hammond:
> [...]
> > What we can improve is the documentation for what is needed to run Sync
> > 1.5, but we really need feedback on what specifically is lacking here -
> > we do know many people have successfully used the documentation to
> > self-host Sync 1.5, so where the docs are lacking isn't immediately
> > obvious to us.
> What I missed is a document with a bird view about the needed
> components; e.g. the relationship between the sync server and the
> account server.
> By accident I found the really helpful blog post
> ,
> but would expect such an introduction in the official docs.
> Maybe this is a good starting point to improve the docs.
> > If you have any other actionable ideas for how we can improve the
> > situation for Sync self-hosters, please feel free to share them too.
> The current documents assume too much inside knowledge about the system.
> Please read it with the eyes of a novice which has a general
> understanding of synchronisation.
> I do not want sound aggressive, but I can only second James Sundquist's
> statement. I have setup a lot of systems in my professional life and I
> am experienced reading such HowTos and tutorials. But I have never seen
> such poor didactical docs. Again, please see this as constructive critic.
> Elmar
> P.S.: I had setup 1.1 a few years back in 30 minutes. Then 1.5 came out
> and I simply was unable to follow the docs. Finally, since 4 weeks, I
> have sync server 1.5 running, but still depend on the account management
> provided by Mozialla due to lack of time to go through the (bad) docs. I
> tried again and ended up only with the feeling of frustration :-(
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