After starting TAILS, there is GUI that shows Tor status.

But after I do /etc/init.d/tor restart as root (because of sometimes it gets stuck due to clock jumps), the "Vidalia control panel" shows "Tor is not running" and Tor-browser warns "Tor is not running. Do you really want to start?", even tough it is actually running and tor-browser works if I press "Yes".

Why does it happen? How do I restart Tor correctly on TAILS?

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It is probably because Vidalias and TorBrowser are detecting that Tor has stopped, and but they didn't auto-detect that it has started right afterwards. It's a bug, but nothing to worry about, since you can normally run TorBrowser and other Tor-related staff after that.

  • Shall I file a bug to TAILS?
    – tor
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 19:20
  • Yes, better do that.
    – Linostar
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 19:26
  • Is this a request about my problem or I should file a new one?
    – tor
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 19:30
  • No, that's a separate one. However, since Vidalia is no longer maintained, you should probably on focus on TorBrowser behavior only in the bug you're going to file.
    – Linostar
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 20:04
  • Submitted: labs.riseup.net/code/issues/8856
    – tor
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 21:42

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