"no running bridges"+"no running dirservers" problem appeared suddenly. Starting a few days ago, - only when trying to use bridges - Tor does not finish bootstapping itself. Here's the log (after reading in the geoip data) :

Sep 25 20:08:54.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 0%: Starting
Sep 25 20:08:55.000 [notice] Delaying directory fetches: No running bridges
Sep 25 20:08:57.000 [notice] While fetching directory info, no running dirserver
s known. Will try again later. (purpose 6)
Sep 25 20:08:57.000 [notice] While fetching directory info, no running dirserver
s known. Will try again later. (purpose 6)

Loading does not progress, stalls forever at this point ! Getting fresh bridges from the torproject does not change the failure mode. Note again :1) using bridges (with or without a fake "transport" & obfsproxy) used to work OK. 2) Tor by itself (with "bridge" related lines commented out) still works perfectly... OS is Win32.

Any idea what the cause of such bizarre symptoms ?

Edited : after several days the problem in question disappeared as it had appeared : unexpectedly. Here is for comparison the Tor client's log (after geoip info was read in and parsed) :

Sep 30 19:32:40.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 0%: Starting
Sep 30 19:32:41.000 [notice] new bridge descriptor 'AlliumGermanicus' (cached):
$XXXXX..XXX~AlliumGermanicus at X.Y.Z.T
Sep 30 19:32:41.000 [notice] Delaying directory fetches: Pluggable transport pro
xies still configuring
Sep 30 19:32:43.000 [notice] While fetching directory info, no running dirserver
s known. Will try again later. (purpose 6)
Sep 30 19:32:43.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 5%: Connecting to directory server
Sep 30 19:32:44.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 10%: Finishing handshake with director
y server
Sep 30 19:32:44.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 15%: Establishing an encrypted directo
ry connection
Sep 30 19:32:44.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 20%: Asking for networkstatus consensu
Sep 30 19:32:44.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 25%: Loading networkstatus consensus
Sep 30 19:32:47.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 80%: Connecting to the Tor network
Sep 30 19:32:47.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 90%: Establishing a Tor circuit
Sep 30 19:32:48.000 [notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. Looks like c
lient functionality is working.
Sep 30 19:32:48.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done

Issue solved for practical purposes(unless it recurs.) Not making this an "answer" since I have no idea what caused the earlier failure. Moderator can close the question as far as I am concerned...

  • What version of Tor is this? I know the bridge directory server was recently changed, but I thought that only affected relays. Sep 25 '16 at 20:32
  • Was at when problem started, then updated to but same punishment ! It's not so much for me, as I can live w.o bridges at the moment, but I think had to report and learn if it's just me or...what gives... Know what "purpose 6" means in the notices about dirservers not found ?
    – Noino O
    Sep 25 '16 at 21:03
  • please post your torrc config - scrubbing IP's
    – Alexey Vesnin
    Sep 25 '16 at 23:34
  • UseBridges 1 UpdateBridgesFromAuthority 1 ## obfsproxy configuration : ClientTransportPlugin obfs2,obfs3 exec obfsproxy --log-file OBFSLOG.TXT --log-min-severity info managed Bridge obfs3 XXXXXX.... SocksPort 9050 ControlPort 9051 SocksPolicy accept SocksPolicy accept SocksPolicy reject * ## DNS resolve thru Tor : DNSPort 53 VirtualAddrNetworkIPv4 AutomapHostsOnResolve 1 Log notice stderr SafeLogging 0 DataDirectory D:\XXXX
    – Noino O
    Sep 26 '16 at 9:21

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