I have recently set up a TOR relay (non-exit) and I am a little confused as to what the "Connections" tab in ARM is used for. For example, it will display something similar to the following:

 x        --> (fr)               7.0m (CIRCUIT)
 x x (gb)      x76zeusferal                       1 / Guard
 x x (nl)     dropsy                             2 / Middle
 x mq (fr)       TorRatiju                          3 / Exit

I believe I understand the concept of TOR, but if I have configured TOR to be a relay (non-exit), shouldn't I be seeing it in the Middle section as opposed to

If I could please get some explanation, that would be great. Thanks!

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It shows you all the conections your node uses. The example you're cited is one single circle, a 3-hop one. It says, thay you've used a Guard node as an entry, selected an intermediate(Middle) and exiting through a french node. This can be your connection through Tor, and - generally speaking - you should not be in Exit role in any of your connections, that's it! Feel free to ask if you need further help!

  • Thanks for your reply. I think I have missed something. Why would I be doing a circuit if I am the one hosting a relay? If I was say using Tor browser I understand that I would be going through these hops, but as a relay owner, wouldn't people be 'hopping' through me? Dec 29, 2015 at 4:55
  • "Why would I be doing a circuit" <-- Do you host any Hidden Service on this relay? (The 'Exit' node of your circuit is not an exit node.)
    – Jobiwan
    Dec 29, 2015 at 9:28
  • Thanks Jobiwan. No, I am not hosting any hidden services on this relay. Dec 29, 2015 at 9:34
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    Ok, according to this here (trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/6430), when a relay is first created, arm does a reachability test by creating a circuit back to itself, thus the logs above. As Jobiwan pointed out, the exit node listed above in the question is not an exit node (as the bug report suggests). Can anyone confirm this? Dec 29, 2015 at 13:08
  • @MattAnderson Yes you are right. Even more - Tor can test it's port reachability from outer world, so don't be afraid of such things. They're actually accompanied with some console logging messages, btw. This functionality is good, no need to worry about it.
    – Alexey Vesnin
    Dec 29, 2015 at 16:33

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