I attempted to install Discourse on a digital ocean droplet with 1gb of RAM, the installer stated I should ideally be using 2gb of RAM, it mentionned swap files and that I could potentially run into problems with future upgrades.
Therefore is it safe to start with 1GB and if required upgrade the RAM later - would Discourse automatically use the additional RAM or would one need to amend the configuration in some way to allow for more RAM in future - and if so how?
I just tested an install on a new 1GB Digital Ocean droplet using our default cloud install instructions, and it worked fine:
root@delete-me-install-test:~# sudo -s
root@delete-me-install-test:~# git clone https://github.com/discourse/discourse_docker.git /var/discourse
Cloning into '/var/discourse'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 41, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (41/41), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (28/28), done.
remote: Total 4455 (delta 15), reused 23 (delta 12), pack-reused 4414
Receiving objects: 100% (4455/4455), 968.00 KiB | 10.75 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (2833/2833), done.
root@delete-me-install-test:~# cd /var/discourse
WARNING: Discourse requires at least 2GB of swap when running with 2GB of RAM
or less. This system does not appear to have sufficient swap space.
Without sufficient swap space, your site may not work properly, and future
upgrades of Discourse may not complete successfully.
Ctrl+C to exit or wait 5 seconds to have a 2GB swapfile created.
2097152+0 records in
2097152+0 records out
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB, 2.0 GiB) copied, 6.28174 s, 342 MB/s
Setting up swapspace version 1, size = 2 GiB (2147479552 bytes)
no label, UUID=2233bd64-65cf-4468-9548-ab7897657855
/swapfile swap swap auto 0 0
vm.swappiness = 10
Ports 80 and 443 are free for use
'samples/standalone.yml' -> 'containers/app.yml'
Found 1GB of memory and 1 physical CPU cores
setting db_shared_buffers = 128MB
setting UNICORN_WORKERS = 2
containers/app.yml memory parameters updated.
Hostname for your Discourse? [discourse.example.com]:
screenshot of it up and running at the IP address: