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Every time I try to run tor as non root I get the error

Directory /var/lib/tor/hidden_service/ cannot be read: Permission denied

So then when I run it as root it says

You are running Tor as root. You don't need to, and you probably shouldn't.

I'm trying to get a tor website running on my pi. What should I do?

Edit: I fixed it. Apparently the /var/lib/tor folder is owned by a used "debian-tor". Run tor with sudo -u debian-tor tor to get it to work

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    How did you install tor, and what are the permissions on /var/lib/tor and /var/lib/tor/hidden_service? What’s the value of HiddenServiceDir in your torrc file? You need to make sure that the user running tor has permission to access this directory. – Steve Apr 17 at 3:24
  • This led me to the solution. I just made the edit. Thanks! – r.rodriguez Apr 18 at 2:47

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