I'm using Whonix Gateway and Workstation. I can request a new tor circuit in the Gateway via arm, I press "n". How can I do this in the Workstation terminal?

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Do once. (Install missing dependencies. Only required for Whonix 8. Will be no longer required on Whonix 9.)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telnet

Do every time you want a new circuit. Run tor-ctrl (installed by default) with signal newnym.

bash -x tor-ctrl -p notrequired -c "signal newnym"

If you see at the bottom of the output.

+ sendcmd signal newnym + echo signal newnym + sleep 1 + sendcmd QUIT + echo QUIT + sleep 1 + STR='Trying Connected to Escape character is '\''^]'\''. 250 OK 250 OK' + vecho 'Trying Connected to Escape character is '\''^]'\''. 250 OK 250 OK' + '[' 0 -ge 1 ']' + echo 'Trying Connected to Escape character is '\''^]'\''. 250 OK 250 OK' ++ grep -c '^250 ' + '[' 2 = 3 ']' + exit 1

Then it succeeded. (exit 1 is a bug in tor-ctrl, because it doesn't understand the double 250 OK.)

Full disclosure:
I am a maintainer of Whonix.

  • If I have a second workstation running, does that keep its circuit?
    – siamii
    Aug 12, 2014 at 20:23
  • I just now wrote a separate question and answer, because the answer is too complex for a comment. See: tor.stackexchange.com/questions/3828/…
    – adrelanos
    Aug 12, 2014 at 23:58

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