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Additional Database options


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Seed Data

By default, the amount of articles and users generated is quite tiny so that contributors experience a quick installation. If you require more data for your local installation, you can tune amount of data generated with the environment variable SEEDS_MULTIPLIER.

This variable, which defaults to 1, allows the developer to increase the size of their local DB. For example:

SEEDS_MULTIPLIER=2 rails db:setup

Will result in twice the default amount of items being created in the database.

It's currently used only for articles and users.

It can also be used for rails db:seed and rails db:reset.

Default Admin User

Seed data creates a handful of regular users, and a single admin user that can be used to log into the application with the Email login option:

email: admin@forem.local
password: password

Other seed modes

To put your local forem into "starter mode", as it would be for a new creator, use MODE=STARTER i.e...

MODE=STARTER rails db:setup

This mode skips creation of all sample data.