I suppose that tor must start on startup, right? However, I usually need to restart it as if it's slow or not working at start. So, I use sudo service tor stop, but it won't stop immediately or consistently. When I run tor in command line again, it says:

Oct 12 17:46:29.744 [notice] Tor running on Linux with Libevent 2.1.8-stable, OpenSSL 1.1.1b, Zlib 1.2.11, Liblzma 5.2.4, and Libzstd 1.3.8.
Oct 12 17:46:29.744 [notice] Tor can't help you if you use it wrong! Learn how to be safe at https://www.torproject.org/download/download#warning
Oct 12 17:46:29.744 [notice] Read configuration file "/etc/tor/torrc".
Oct 12 17:46:29.746 [notice] Based on detected system memory, MaxMemInQueues is set to 5769 MB. You can override this by setting MaxMemInQueues by hand.
Oct 12 17:46:29.747 [notice] Opening Socks listener on
Oct 12 17:46:29.747 [notice] Opened Socks listener on
Oct 12 17:46:29.747 [notice] Opening Control listener on
Oct 12 17:46:29.747 [warn] Could not bind to Address already in use. Is Tor already running? 

Sometimes, I must start and stop it for several times until to get a fresh run.

  • Port 9050 is the standalone Tor service. Port 9051 is the service that is with the Tor Browser. Are you running both? – JSEvans Oct 12 '19 at 17:24
  • I don't have Tor Browser – Ahmad Oct 12 '19 at 17:25
  • I use 9050 for socks and torsocks before command line, I also use privoxy for http, I am really confused what is the best practice for tor – Ahmad Oct 12 '19 at 17:26
  • Best practice is using the Tor Browser but that's only available on Intel based Windows/Mac/Linux so if you are using something different, it is usually best to used Firefox with a socks 5 proxy with DNS. I don't know what privoxy is so I can't tell you if is helps or hinders your anonymity. – JSEvans Oct 12 '19 at 17:30
  • I tried to install tor browser from software center, but it says it can't download it, it says are you sure your tor running... – Ahmad Oct 12 '19 at 17:33

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