Install Element (Matrix Client) on Ubuntu

https://element.io/get-started

Installing the Matrix client Element is fairly straight forward on Ubuntu. You should be able to copy and paste the following commands in a terminal.

sudo wget -O /usr/share/keyrings/riot-im-archive-keyring.gpg https://packages.riot.im/debian/riot-im-archive-keyring.gpg
echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/riot-im-archive-keyring.gpg] https://packages.riot.im/debian/ default main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/riot-im.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install element-desktop

fatal: [matrix2.host.com]: UNREACHABLE! => changed=false

Error while attempting to run playbook
ansible-playbook -i inventory/hosts setup.yml --tags=setup-system-user --ask-become-pass

Looks like the above issue is that Ansible is not able to authenticate with the server. By default it looks to try and use ssh keys, but I don’t have any passwordless ssh keys set up for Ansible to use so it fails while attempting to connect. The work around it to make sure you have sshpass installed and then specify –ask-pass to the end of the command.

ansible-playbook -i inventory/hosts setup.yml --tags=setup-system-user --ask-become-pass --ask-pass

When the command runs it’ll ask you for the ssh password and then use that.

[WARNING]: Could not match supplied host pattern, ignoring: matrix_servers

Error while trying to run playbook

If you get the above error when you try running

ansible-playbook -i inventory/hosts setup.yml --tags=setup-system-user

Check and verify that you have [matrix_servers] in your inventory/hosts file

That file should contain the following.

[matrix_servers]
matrix. ansible_host= ansible_ssh_user=root

Backup Matrix Synapse PostgreSQL Database

This is part of a series of posts on backing up and restoring a backup for Matrix Synapse server. Synapse was installed using the matrix-docker-ansible deployment which while a little complicated can greatly ease management later on down the road. All the main components are in docker containers so we need to use docker to access.

https://github.com/spantaleev/matrix-docker-ansible-deploy/blob/master/docs/maintenance-postgres.md#backing-up-postgresql

As the root user run

docker exec --env-file=/matrix/postgres/env-postgres-psql matrix-postgres pg_dumpall -h matrix-postgres | gzip -c > /matrix/postgres.sql.gz

This will dump the Postgres database in /matrix/postgres.sql.gz
We can use this later to restore to a new server or keep as a backup.