This morning I set up Solderpunk's GeGoBi on my personal server to
mirror my gopher content to gemini. It's a great complement to
Here are the details of my GeGoBi setup on Debian 10. I suspect
there might be others out there who want to do the same thing.
Note that I was logged in as root when I did everything in part I. Then
automatically in part II.
You should have the following files in /opt/gegobi:
you'll need for the gemini server. I figured it was easiest to keep
these files in the /opt/gegobi directory because I don't need them for
Enter the following command:
openssl req -new -x509 -newkey ec \
-pkeyopt ec_paramgen_curve:prime256v1 \
-days 1825 -nodes -out cert.pem -keyout key.pem
answering most of the questions, but it's probably best to enter your
Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:CA
State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:.
Locality Name (eg, city) :.
Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:.
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) :.
Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) :gopher.visiblink.ca
Email Address :.
*I found this on Alex Schroeder's site (Thanks Alex!):
--base [BASE] Gopherhole base directory.
--cert [CERT] TLS certificate file.
--host HOST Hostname of Gemini server.
--key [KEY] TLS private key file.
--local Serve only on 127.0.0.1.
--port [PORT] TCP port to serve on.
File to read redirect definitions from.
--tilde [TILDE] Home subdirectory to map tilde URLs to.
My gopher content is in /var/gopher, so I ended up with this combination
of command-line switches, which works, as long as you're in /opt/gegobi
./gegobi.py --base /var/gopher --cert cert.pem --key key.pem --host gopher.visiblink.ca --port 1965
ufw allow 1965
verify that by visiting your gopher hole from a gemini proxy.
Systemd unit files -- which allow you to autostart GeGoBi -- don't
accept command-line switches, but you can still get them to work by
assigning them to variables in a config file.
This file will hold the command-line switches you figured out in Part I.
Alter it to meet your specific requirements.
Here are the contents of my .conf (you may need to change the base
Enter the following in the file:
Description=Run GeGoBi as a regular user
ExecStart=/usr/bin/python3 /opt/gegobi/gegobi.py $ARG1 $ARG2 $ARG3 $ARG4 $ARG5
chown your_username:your_username /opt/gegobi/*
You might have to change the ownership of the hidden /opt/gegobi/.conf
file separately. I can't remember if the wildcard changed it or not.
First, reload the daemon service files:
Then you can start GeGoBi:
Finally, set GeGoBi to start up automatically with your server: