Machinaris

a new webui for chia

Posted on May 21, 2021

After discovering a new cryptocurrency last month, I quickly deployed the command-line only Docker image to my Unraid server. However, while that functioned, its shortcomings were many:

  • Without a GUI, running plotting jobs in parallel relied upon many open Console windows, tmux sessions.
  • Keeping up-to-date with status, meant manually trolling through various log files.
  • Assessing performance was a challenge given the limited insight into the farming and plotting processes.

Looking around, there were useful tools to improve this, however each required installation and configuration themselves, which took time. I decided to build my own Docker image with these tools, available to other Unraid users.

  • Chia™: the distributed cryptocurrency project.
  • Plotman: a parallel plotting manager.
  • Chiadog: a log monitor with alerting.

Building upon the Flask web-server for Python, I tied all these tools together in an easy-to-use package:

Machinaris

As my day-job is exlusively devops backend, it’s fun to dabble in front-end coding again. Not sure where this project will go, but I’ve submitted Machinaris to the Unraid repository. As well, some interest has been generated on the Github project.

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