I'm trying to get a better idea of the cast of characters that comprise the Tor network structure and am hung up a bit on the distinction between these.

  • As far as i am concerned,in this place Directory Server may has the same meaning as authority directory.and hidden service directory is just a relay(router) which has the hsdir flag – yin.shuai Dec 21 '16 at 14:10

Nope. Hidden service directories are onion-routers (relays) who have the HSDir flag.

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