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Edit server statistics at cPanel's Server Status page

innoview.gr shared this idea 7 years ago
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There is a Server Status link at a user's cPanel at the left sidebar which leads to status.html. That page provides server information and service status, but it also provides server disk quota which I find it useful if we had the means to remove it.


I for example don't want my clients to know the exact server disk quotas and thus I would like to be able to edit and remove the following block:


Disk /dev/md2 (/) XX %

Disk /usr/tmpDSK (/tmp) XX %

Disk /dev/md1 (/boot) XX %

Disk /dev/md3 (/home) XX %

Disk /tmp (/var/tmp) XX %


I believe this would be useful for others too.

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While this is of course possible, please note that it would not prevent users from discovering this information through other ways.


Whether it be through SSH access, a perl script, a php script, a cron job, or any other similar mechanism, users would be able to produce and discover this information. Such is the nature of existing on a shared hosting environment.


This would only accomplish hiding that one specific avenue of discovering that information, with potentially dozens of other methods of discovering that information (not explicitly allowed or provided by cPanel) still being possible.


Is there a particular reason advantage to hiding this information? Short of disguising the practice of overselling (of which overselling with shared hosting is largely the norm, as I understand it) I am not sure I understand the benefits.

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While this is of course possible, please note that it would not prevent users from discovering this information through other ways.


Whether it be through SSH access, a perl script, a php script, a cron job, or any other similar mechanism, users would be able to produce and discover this information. Such is the nature of existing on a shared hosting environment.


This would only accomplish hiding that one specific avenue of discovering that information, with potentially dozens of other methods of discovering that information (not explicitly allowed or provided by cPanel) still being possible.


Is there a particular reason advantage to hiding this information? Short of disguising the practice of overselling (of which overselling with shared hosting is largely the norm, as I understand it) I am not sure I understand the benefits.

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Hi cPanelBrianO and thank you for your answer,


I have been discussing with other server administrators and we all agree that although one could indeed find out such information, there is no reason displaying it to all users. I can think of several reasons, such us:


1) The false idea someone might get when he sees that the server is getting full that his websites might be slow even though a server may be optimized and well configured. Other assumptions might be made as well.


2) By the same token, in the case of a new server, when one sees that there are only a few websites present, he might conclude that the server is not reliable or make any other false assumptions at will.


The above examples could cost actual clients, transfering their websites or simply not getting any new hosting packages. The server administrators should have the means to remove at least the server's global disk quota, though ok if cPanel is to make such modification I guess it would be made for every component of that page.


To conclude, I don't really see the reason of having the full server's disk quota in common view to anyone that simply owns a hosting account. Of course, server administrators should have the option to leave the page as it is, but one should be able to edit it and remove any unnecessary information about the server at the Server Status page.


Thank you for your time.

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