I'm new to privacy and anonymity. I'm reading a paper about efficient path prediction for Tor circuit and then I came across the term name vanilla tor. Can anyone give me a precise/clear definition of this? please. Thank you in advance. I found this,

This test examines the reachability of the Tor network

So, is this just a reachability test? or there's more to it?

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    Vanilla Tor means using only the official Tor client and nothing else. – nobody Jun 6 '19 at 2:39
  • ...in contrast to the Tor Browser (or former known as Tor Browser Bundle resp. TBB). – DJCrashdummy Jun 7 '19 at 13:22

Tor can have different meanings. Some understand Tor as

  • the company
  • the community
  • the network
  • the protocol
  • the software (which can be Tor Browser or only Tor)

To clarify someone invented vanilla Tor for Tor the software. The thing you can download and build from https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor.git/. It is also sometimes called little-t-tor.

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