running lsof I can see some open files inside the tor directory.




why are these files open if tor isn't running ?

  • It's probably the gvfs-metadata daemon (pgrep gvfsd-metadata) that's keeping them open, not Tor Browser.
    – Steve
    Oct 7, 2021 at 16:18

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LSOF is a handy tool, but it needs the user to understand what it writes: Tor itself is not using these files at all - they are even not used by the Tor browser directly - only through a service component. To make sure that everything is closed after you've closed Tor - use virtual machines and power them off after finishing the things you do through Tor

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