My system tor version (on Ubuntu 16.04) is outputing a lot of the following warnings:

Fetching v2 rendezvous descriptor failed. Retrying at another directory.

Is there some way to fix it? Perhaps there's a way to force tor to fetch the descriptors?


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Your version of Tor has bug which causes this messages (see #21056). Version has a partial fix. If you install this version there are high chances that the messages will go away. Currently the developers are working on a full fix (see #17242).

So I would recommend to install a newer version. Please follow the advise at the instruction page for Debian and Ubuntu and add the following line to your sources.list file:

deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org tor-experimental-0.3.0.x-xenial main

After you updated the repositories you can choose to install the newest version.

  • I'd prefer to wait a bit until tor is stable and I don't have to edit my sources.list. Otherwise it's great advice, thanks!
    – Chiffa
    May 10, 2017 at 14:04
  • Ok, I've upgraded to tor, and the problem persists.
    – Chiffa
    May 19, 2017 at 10:52
  • Same issue, Tor (git-3696eb720795a666) on Raspberry Pi. Also getting a lot of Tried for 120 seconds to get a connection to phgry32xorhxerfc:4003. Giving up. (waiting for rendezvous desc) and Giving up. (waiting for circuit) messages in the log
    – pinhead
    Jan 14, 2018 at 23:57
  • Issue still persists for Tor version Jun 23, 2018 at 2:48

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