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How does a Tor client find the correct HSDir to connect to when fetching a “descriptor” of a hidden service?

It seems that a Tor client connects to a HSDir through a circuit of 3 Tor nodes when retrieving a hidden service descriptor. But to access a hidden service, a user only needs to know the .onion ...
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Do you build a 3-hop circuit to HSDir relays, and do introduction points require your authentication cookie?

If you're requesting a hidden service descriptor from a HSDir relay, are you building a circuit to that HSDir relay or are you not? Also, if you're running a stealth hidden service and the ...
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In onion v3 services, how does the client know the “HSDir” that have the necessary descriptor to connect to the onion service?

I've read the "Tor Rendezvous Specification - Version 3" and I can't find out how the client knows the "HSDir" nodes that store the onion service descriptor that indicates the introduction points ...
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Reloading torrc without loosing flags

Everytime I edit some parameters in my torrc file and then send a "pkill -sighup tor" to reload the configuration, I loose my HSDir-Flag and my uptime. Is it possible to reload the torrc without the ...