I've looked through the existing descriptions and tried many ways to do this - but don't believe it's ever worked for me.
I have a Windows 7 pro machine which has been running for years with only two applications - Open VPN and Privoxy. Both run from a guest account and supply web access & DNS to all other PCs here. This machine runs 24/7.
Would like to install a manually started tor middle relay, but it sems everything I try fails to get the torrc recognized by the tor.exe file. But when I manually start tor.exe with admin priviledges from that same guest account - it indicates it can build working circuits from it's default.
I don't need tor access (have other ways for that) - just wish to provide relay capacity while keeping these activities hidden from our ISP (who I detest). Have a second identical gateway going to a different VPN which I might be willing to convert also - if I could just get the first to work.
Believe I found the main problem....torrc had a hidden .txt suffix (rolling eyes). Now it shows to be reading the configuration.
New problem? It claims I haven't inserted contact information - but I believe I have.
Apr 23 14:12:40.799 [notice] Tor 0.2.9.10 (git-1f6c8eda0073f464) running on Windows 7 with Libevent 2.0.22-stable, OpenSSL 1.0.2k and Zlib 1.2.8. Apr 23 14:12:40.799 [notice] Tor can't help you if you use it wrong! Learn how to be safe at https://www.torproject.org/download/download#warning Apr 23 14:12:40.819 [notice] Read configuration file "C:\Users\VPNProxy\AppData\Roaming\tor\torrc". Apr 23 14:12:40.829 [warn] Path for GeoIPFile (<default>) is relative and will resolve to C:\Users\Guest\tor\tor\<default>. Is this what you wanted? Apr 23 14:12:40.829 [warn] Path for GeoIPv6File (<default>) is relative and will resolve to C:\Users\Guest\tor\tor\<default>. Is this what you wanted? Apr 23 14:12:40.829 [notice] Your ContactInfo config option is not set. Please consider setting it, so we can contact you if your server is misconfigured or something else goes wrong. Apr 23 14:12:40.829 [notice] Based on detected system memory, MaxMemInQueues is set to 1535 MB. You can override this by setting MaxMemInQueues by hand. Configuration was valid
What am I missing here?
Update. This is my current torrc:
Security refinements welcomed. I'm very nervous tor relay only functions with admin privileges.
ORPort 9803 Nickname worfdog RelayBandwidthRate 100 KBytes ContactInfo Bat Shit <services+torelay AT doemail.org> DirPort 10803 Exitpolicy reject *:*