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I looked at hiprivet's question Tor and circuits. I am running Debian mixed environment (testing, sid/unstable and experimental) and at least in the debian database there aren't any binaries named getinfo and circuit-status. Are there some binaries that need to be compiled or what ?

Looking forward to know more.

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If your Tor listens to a Control Port you can connect to it (using telnet or netcat or so) and enter commands to control / configure / interrogate it. Arm also has a CLI for this (on page 5).

See the Tor manual on listening and connecting to a control port.

See Tor Control protocol spec on what you can do/ask through this interface.

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