In order to KISS I'd like to keep my tor-browser directory on an OpenAFS (1.6.18) mount. OpenAFS doesn't support creation of sockets. How to configure tor-browser to use another directory for the socket (I assume tor is the only binary which needs one)? If that's impossible what else could I do?

On OpenAFS I can't start tor-browser because tor fails to start. It doesn't produce a log which is likely a bug which I might investigate and report separately.

After moving the tor-browser directory from OpenAFS mount to btrfs it works as expected, but I don't find the socket with find . -type s which I don't understand.

I'm using tor-browser 6.0.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

  • ye gods! 5.0.1 is old and worse exploitable Are you sure it's not 6.0.1 you're running? 5.0.1 is almost a year out of date now. as for the issue, do you have any logs to show exactly what is failing?
    – cacahuatl
    Jun 16, 2016 at 0:37
  • Right, I upgraded. Logs aren't available as mentioned in the question. Jun 16, 2016 at 7:21
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    In the future if you find yourself in a similar situation, you should be able to get some kind of log output by running, for example: ./tor-browser_en-US/Browser/start-tor-browser --verbose in a terminal. Obviously replacing en-US with whichever locale you download.
    – cacahuatl
    Jun 16, 2016 at 19:09

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The fact that find . -type s doesn't return a result indicates that this isn't an issue of sockets being unsupported by OpenAFS or involved at all. As it turned out OpenAFS changed permissions without my notice. After changing them back to the user who starts tor-browser, it worked.

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