How long should FAF keep old replays?


So due to the server disk running full causing an outage we have prioritized recompressing all replays to Zstandard without base64 encoding. This reduced total replay size from 677 GB to 406 GB (-40%).
With the next server update we'll also activate the new compression for the replay server. So also the growth of new replays will be decreased by 40%.

This was actually much more than we expected.
Also we found a lot of broken replays in terms of corrupt files that need to clean up.

So as of now the server has 280 GB usable disk space free which should suffice for another 3-5 years.

"Nerds have a really complicated relationship with change: Change is awesome when WE'RE the ones doing it. As soon as change is coming from outside of us it becomes untrustworthy and it threatens what we think of is the familiar."
ā€“ Benno Rice


Good news šŸ™‚