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Questions relating to relays, their maintenance, and operation.

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Problem bootstrapping. Stuck at 10% (conn_done): Connected to a relay

While settting up my relay, I met this question: Jan 19 10:02:22.000 [warn] Problem bootstrapping. Stuck at 10% (conn_done): Connected to a relay. (DONE; DONE; count 51; recommendation warn; host ...
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Are relays chosen by location proximity, e.g. county, for circuit building?

Are relays chosen by location proximity, e.g. county, for circuit building? I know that there exists some rules but I didn't read anything about location. If the location of a client is not ...
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TOR Hidden Service: IP anonymity

Suppose that a Tor client wants to access a certain hidden service. According to the protocol, instead of submitting a request directly to the server IP (which is hidden[1][2]), this client submit a ...
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Relay on public and private network; recommendations

I have set up a relay with its own dynamic public IP directly on the Internet. The only port allowed on the public interface is the ORPort, and this is the way I want to keep it. However, it would be ...
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The Tor log says it's failed

I loaded Tor as a Relay, I wanted to know if its working so went to the /var/log/tor file, and right at the bottom it says: May 04 16:14:19.000[notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. ...
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Port Reachability Test Failed _ detailed info

I am currently connected to Tor Network, according to Vidalia. When i tried to set up a non-exit relay, i got the following errors: Server Port Reachability Test Failed - Your relay's server port ...
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Running a relay behind a nginx reverse-proxy

This may not the the best place to ask, because it's more of a networking question, but I wanted to try here first. (If I should also post on NetworkEngineering or ServerFault, please tell me :) ) I ...
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How is a Tor relay's advertised bandwidth verified?

Back in 2007, Bauer et al. showed that a relay-level adversary could lie about their bandwidth capabilities, thus unfairly increasing the chance of having their relay selected in Tor circuits [^1]. ...
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Are Tor network nodes/relays proxies? If not, what is the difference?

I would like to know if there is any difference between the concept of "proxy" and the nodes (also known as relays) that make up the Tor network. I mean: Are the nodes proxies themselves? If not, what'...
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Why there is no easy method for running a Tor relay?

Running a Tor relay is too hard and complicated for many people who may want to help Tor. Why there is no click-to-run method for running a Tor relay? Like Tor Browser Especially for Windows users
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Not Recommended relay

I looked up my entry-node in Relay Search(Tor Metrics) and I found additional flags was "Not Recommended". Should I change my entry-node manually?
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Tor relay stopped working on Ubuntu 18.04 in LXD container after update to 0.4.2.5-1~bionic+1

I am running a tor relay on Ubuntu 18.04 in a LXD container. After upgrading form tor version 0.4.2.5-1~bionic+1 over 0.4.1.6-1~bionic+1, it stopped working. Here what I have in /var/log/syslog Dec ...
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Why not to add tor2web-like gateways to relays by default?

as it is said in this article https://blog.torproject.org/facebook-hidden-services-and-https-certs whatever it is you think Tor is for, I guarantee there's a person out there who uses it for ...
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How to get traffic log history from a relay?

I'm currently running a TOR Relay. I'm monitoring it with nyx and is pretty good because I can see every connection coming in and out from my relay. But what I'm asking is how can I find a full list ...
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Choosing computer hardware to run Tor relays - (CPU RAM cable HDD SSD etc)

I am thinking of buying a computer to use only for running Tor relays from England in the United Kingdom. I am writing to ask for advice on which details of the machine make a difference to the ...
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How to secure my torrelays against hijacking (debian), bounty $50

I'm running some tor exitrelays with rsyslog off. Does this disable ALL loggin? If no how I disable ALL loggin? Next to that I want to secure those against hijacking as good as possible. So I was ...
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establishing an encrypted directory connection failed 86.59.21.38:443

12/26/2019 15:21:05 PM.100 [NOTICE] DisableNetwork is set. Tor will not make or accept non-control network connections. Shutting down all existing connections. 12/26/2019 15:21:05 PM.100 [NOTICE] ...
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What hidden services does my relay node know about?

I built tor from source and am running it as a relay (not exit node) and also as a directory server. It is my understanding that after a while I should experience V2 hidden services publishing their ...
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Tor relay giving false HSDir flag

Today my tor relay started reporting the HSDir flag out of nowhere. I do not have a hidden service configured. Is this something i should worry about? Everything looks fine, and i see no services ...
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Running TorBrowser and TorDaemon as the same family (family ID) allows more speed for me in TorBrowser?

My download in TorBrowser always stops because it takes too long because the speed is too slow. Some servers break the connection if the download has been running too long. Can I get more speed if I ...
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Tor Relay questions (equipment, router hardware, DSL)

I would like to contribute to the cause by running a Tor Relay. After spending the last week researching, I am still unable to answer the following questions: What are the MINIMUM COMPUTER ...
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1x fast guard relay or 3x smaller middlerelays- what’s better for the network?

As I am running 6 relays in different sizes at the moment I asked myself what is better for the Tor network in general: 1x fast guard relay with 100 Mbits unlimited traffic 3x smaller middlerelays ...
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Our relay had some downtime due to some network repairs and changes (including an IP change)

Lightning. I've used this opportunity to upgrade our installation to 0.3.0.8, and I've increased our provided burst rate to 4Mb/sec. Accordingly, how long will it be before Tor settles down to this ...
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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 ...
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Tor Onions active on Tail , does Electrum use that proxy?

When I open onion relay on Tails , and then open Electrum Wallet on LiveCD Tails Does that Electrum connected with Tor proxy/network? Hope some users would help me to explain this things
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Disproportionate CPU usage

My new Raspberry Pi 3 relay was relaying 2 MBps using maybe 80% CPU for a few days. But suddenly, just today, it jumped to using 380% CPU, using almost all of each of the 4 cores to serve the same ...
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Dirport / Orport stop being unreachable after some time

Just set up a Tor relay on Digital Ocean running Ubuntu 16.04 using tor-relay.co and everything is seemingly going well. However, every so often the relay will cease to work and I'll get the following ...
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Brige Relays - help

This is impartant. Do I need to configure Bridge relays to hide fact that surfing on deep web .onion sites using USB Tails and Tor Browser? Reading this (https://www.torproject.org/docs/bridges.html....
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Failed to bind listening port

I'm having issues with set up of my relay, this is what I got yesterday.....I don't understand how to correct this... Oct 31 08:00:09.000 [notice] Opening OR listener on 0.0.0.0:443 Oct 31 08:00:09....
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I have specified a DirPort (80) in my torrc, and it is allowed in UFW but metrics.torproject.org/rs.html does not list it

This seems to started after I specified an IPv6 address for my ORPort. Everything server side indicates my DirPort is reachable, but Tor Metrics (not tor on my server) says it is unreachable (...
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Prevent Tor Browser from connecting to a node in a certain country?

I want to prevent Tor Browser from connecting to any nodes in a certain country. How do I do so?
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Who are responsible for manage Tor directory servers?

Many documents says that a user that use tor network should connect to tor directory server to make circuit. Who is responsible for manage Tor directory servers? if there are some people who is ...
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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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Tor bypass for specific .onion

I run a Tor relay. I would like to know if it is possible to configure, for example in /etc/hosts/, the ability for Tor to connect directly to an IP that I know is linked to a .onion domain rather ...
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Okay to run relay with an -alpha-dev distribution?

I am running a relay with the tor-0.4.3.0-alpha-dev distribution, which I installed as a noob mistake. Is it okay to continue with this version? If not, then do I just do a standard apt-get uninstall ...
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Hidden Service in TestingTorNetwork connected to non-Exit Nodes

I set up a testing environment made of lxd containers on Ubuntu 18.04. Each container is based on the Ubuntu 18.04 image and runs Tor version 0.4.1.6. Specifically, I have the following running ...
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Why does Tor use more relays when connecting to .onion site than to normal one?

I've noticed that Tor connects to sites on clearnet with 3 relays (see first picture). In this particular example my packets go through relays in Germany, Canada and US. But when I connect to duck ...
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1 Gbps server behind NAT: Can I help the tor network?

Reading Why isn't there any such option - middle-relay behind NAT? it seems there are (were?) no way to run a tor middle-relay if you are behind NAT and cannot control the firewall. Has that ...
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Do the Tor network nodes store the clients' IP by default?

Imagine the following police investigation: Investigators request information from, for example, Facebook, from a certain profile. Facebook delivers the IP address associated with the profile, and ...
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T-Shirt reward requirements

I am currently running a Tor relay (guard) to help the Tor network. After a while I realised that I can actually get an T-Shirt for running an relay more than two months. (link) Two questions about ...
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TOR browser - -ExcludeNodes doesn't work

Using Linux, at torrc. Format used: (at end file) ExcludeNodes {...},{...},{...},{...} ExcludeExitNodes {...},{...},{...},{...} Continues connecting to excluded country nodes. Know how to fix?
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/var/lib/tor is not owned by this user (root, 0) but by debian-tor (110)

I'm trying to set up a Tor relay on Debian Jessie. I edited the torrc file and set RunAsDaemon 1. When I try to start tor with sudo tor it returns this: [warn] /var/lib/tor is not owned by this user ...
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How to make a Tor relays ORPort and DirPort reachable?

I've been trying to set up a tor relay with a Raspberry Pi. It runs Raspbian GNU/Linux 9 and Tor 0.2.9.16. Since I only want to use the Raspberry for the tor relay I didn't do much. After installing ...
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How To Config the “torrc” file

Your instructions say to Tor's configuration file is named 'torrc'. Locate the file on your system, open it with a text editor and add the following lines: ORPort 443 Exitpolicy reject *:* Nickname ...
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Why is my Tor bridge relay not getting any traffic?

I used to run a Tor bridge on Windows at home, where I have a 300/150 Mbps ISP. This Windows has memory leak and crashes after some hours, ad I believe that was making my bridge never get traffic. A ...
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How To Update TOR Software On Debian Linux

I am running my tor relay via Debian Linux, and am wondering, how do I update the TOR software via the command line? I am not running the tor browser software here, just the tor software for running ...
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Any good tools/scripts for Relay owners?

I set up a tor node on my vpn again after some years. Are there any usefuls scripts or tools for relay owners now except arm/nyx? I want to visualize the traffic of my relay on my grafana. I used ...
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I can't get the Fast flag

More than two years with my middle relay running smoothly. In May of this year it was disconnected from Tor. Since then I never get the flag of Fast, so I don't help the Tor community. My raspberry pi ...
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asstr.org being redirected (hijacked) to russian website awe-kyle.ru over TOR?

When using a tor browser to connect to asstr.org an unexpected message shows in the browser: Come visit us at https://www.asstr.org/ to read this story and hundreds of thousands of other works! ...
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Why is my measured bandwidth so low compared to actual — is there a off by 1K issue?

I've noticed my Tor relay measured bandwidth is very low compared to both my advertized and external-to-Tor measured bandwidth. Based on the following observations, I wonder: is there's a 1K scale ...

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