The blabber.im #XMPP server shuts down tomorrow.
Although we're now in the final hours, I've been working all week towards something to help. I've put up an initial version of a web-based XMPP account migrator at https://migrate.modernxmpp.org/
It's rushed and still a bit rough round the edges right now, but I really hope it is useful to people who still have data and contacts to migrate before blabber.im goes offline.
If you use it, let me know how it goes! 🙂
Can one selfhost that tool / is the source code public? I'm sure many providers would be interested as soon as it is production ready
Yes, certainly! There is a link to the source in the "About" section of the page.
And yes, I will be encouraging people to host it once it's a little more polished. It intentionally has no server-side dependencies, it's just some static HTML and JS files. No data is sent to the host.
I also plan to integrate the functionality directly into Prosody and Snikket, which I'm really excited about 🙂
It would be good if we could work up a standard process for winding up hosted services, giving users some warning and a timeline for migrating to a new host (where technically possible). Or even a possibility for others in the community to take over admin and financial responsibility for the service.
Agreed. Such a code would ideally be committed to ahead of time, too (it could help inform users selecting a service). For example in this case there were multiple offers of help, including reputable admins of other public XMPP services willing to bring the service under their wing, but they were declined.
Hubzilla is fantastic in that respect. It would be great if @snikket_im could eventually support a similar system of cloning user accounts across multiple servers. But from what little I understand of XMPP that would require some radical changes to the protocol.
Migrating data between services is possible, provided they run on compatible architectures, but currently outside the scope of #XMPP proper and not necessarily straightforward, at least not with #ejabberd + #mnesia.
Nevertheless, in a case such as #BlabberIM's I might have sent all-users notifications and provided an out of band migration service / script (I'm not suggesting that #Blabber were under any legal or moral obligation at all to do so).
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