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On relay search my new Tor relay's country is given as Ukraine. In fact it's in Germany. Also the AS given on relay search is wrong.

Have I configured the relay wrongly? Can I change this so its country is correct?

This is significant, as a user wishing to avoid relays in Germany might get mine in error.

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There is no way to change this. The country code is assigned to the relay by the association of its IP address in a "GeoIP" GeoLite2 database provided by MaxMind. Unfortunately these types of GeoIP assignments can be incorrect, and also become more out-of-date over time.

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Sorry, I have no chance to add a comment since I have too low reputation so far. But I would like to give a more exact answer to this question. Here is a very logical answer to your question, to complete the answer that @Steve gave you:

Your relay is using Tor version 0.4.3.6 which was released on 2020-07-09, which uses GeoIP2 database "Last updated based on December 3 2019 Maxmind GeoLite2 Country" (read from source). If we then go further to RIPE Database, we can see that last update to your IP range was made on 2020-04-15, which was after the date 2019-12-03 when your GeoIP2 database was released.

Solution:

Simply wait for Tor to update their GeoIP2 database.

PS. It is so easy to find people on Google by only using four keywords: Tor, Relay, Ukraine and Lark :-D

Regards.

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  • The country is chosen by the directory authorities rather than the relay itself, so if it requires a newer database, the authorities will need to update.
    – Steve
    Sep 4 '20 at 20:31
  • @Steve > So you mean that authority uses a database older than 2020-04-15? That was about a half year ago. Interesting however. Are you a Tor developer? Just curious, since youre answering many questions in Tor community on this site.
    – FearDC
    Sep 4 '20 at 20:43
  • No Tor versions have upgraded yet from the December 2019 database: gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/core/tor/-/commits/master/src/config/…. And I'm not a developer on either the Tor network or tor application, but I am familiar with some parts of it so just here answering questions when I can.
    – Steve
    Sep 4 '20 at 23:26
  • Great then! Hopefully they will update soon.
    – FearDC
    Sep 5 '20 at 9:42
  • Thanks Steve and FearDC! I am also a bit surprised that Tor is working from such an old GeoIP database - Maxmind update GeoLite2 every week. I was a bit alarmed you could find out so much about my relay! Googling those keywords didn't work for me, but if you just type "lark" into the Tor relay search ...
    – mr.lark
    Sep 5 '20 at 17:49
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It's OK - all the ip-to-geo databases do have their mistakes. If you need it to be as precise as it can - buy a paid GeoIP database and feed it to Tor, but even this time - it will have it's misses, just be prepared

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