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Is there a way to change the relay BandwidthRate and -Burst options during the night? [duplicate]

I'm operating a tor (guard) relay and I have currently, as per the manual, capped the bandwidth rate and bandwidth burst to allow me to also use my internet connection without any notable performance ...
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ipv6 not working - Port 9001/9030 not reachable - but Port 22 is

I am currently trying to get my Relay ipv6 ready. However the Port Tor Runs on seems inaccessible. Couldn't identify an issue with Port forwarding (ipv4 works; SSH on ipv6 works as well). The Ping-...
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Is it possible to set up a private tor network which can connect to the Internet?

I would like a private tor network only my machines can use. These nodes are in different physical machines and have their own IPs. And I want to connect to public websites through private Tor network....
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Tor file descriptor usage at 100%

I am running a non-exit Tor relay for the last few weeks and it is working but it is not maxing the Internet pipe. (The server is >2 weeks old, so not a problem of age) The problem is that it seems ...
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How to change relay nickname of an existing tor relay?

my tor relay has been active for 30 days and was down for 2 to 3 days. when it was down, i changed the relay nickname field in the torrc . its been 24 hours but the relay nickname is not being ...
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Are AES-NI crypto instructions used by my Tor (relay) server?

I have a server with Linux Debian 8.4, running a relay. I read that AES-NI could improve the performance of my relay. Or at least, less stress the CPU by crypto operations. Proof of AES-NI detected ...
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Run both bridge and relay & control with nyx

I am attempting to run both a relay and a bridge on the same server. I have gotten it to start with tor -f /etc/tor1/torrc but I'm not sure it's staying running, and I'm not sure that'll run on boot. ...
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How to check for Spectre vulnerabilities and similar threats for my relay to be secure?

Setup I'm running my new (2 days old) relay using: my own dedicated server Dell T20 with hardware: CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 @ 3.20GHz (Haswell) RAM: 32 GB DDR3 ECC NET: overall maximum bandwidth ...
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Set up Tor as internal Network

My company is looking to use Tor internally for our network, using our own directory authority server, and would like to know if it's possible and how to do it Bonus points if we could use it for ...
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Exit notice page fails decoding

On any chromium based browser the exit notice on my DirPort gets "err_failed_content_decoding" On Firefox, it works fine My relay runs Tor 0.3.5.8 on Ubuntu 18.10 EDIT: On the update to 0.3.5.8 ...
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Running Authoritative directory

I found the Authoritative directory, v3 Authoritative directory, and bridge Authoritative dir options in nyx. My question is would this be helpful to run an directory authority, and how to do so ...
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What are good explanations for relay flags?

We received an Atlas patch that adds tooltips to relay flags, so that relay operators can better understand what these flags mean. The patch author used dir-spec.txt as their guide. I wonder if ...
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How does having a dynamic IP for Tor relay affect its metrics?

I'm running a Tor non-exit relay on a network with a dynamic IP that changes every day. What is the update on how this can affect the metrics of my relay (mainly the stable flag, uptime, consensus ...
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Windows 10 tor relay use 100% CPU

I setup tor relay on Windows 10 see https://metrics.torproject.org/rs.html#details/AD5B534F1CF8ABD17001817CC2ACF6D11345766F as windows service. At service start it use about 15% CPU. Then when it ...
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How does TOR select which entries, exits and relays to use when creating a circuit?

Does the selection-algorithm weight anything differently in any way, and if so: On what metrics? Why? & what benefit does this bring to the TOR network?
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Which repo for tor relay on Ubuntu Artful?

Tried to update a tor relay on a machine running Ubuntu Artful, but the repos at https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org artful/main are gone missing. Any ideas which repos I should use instead? ...
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How to check the realtime data transfer amount of my Tor relay

Recently I have set up a Tor relay, I can view the approximate data usage from the [Heartbeat] notifications, but as far as I know you can't manually activate it. As well, I'm SSHing to my server, and ...
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What's wrong with my relay? (Consensus Weight Jumping Around)

I recently set up (19 days ago or so) a new, non-exit, relay. It's gotten the guard, stable and fast flags, but it's consensus weight keeps jumping up and down for some reason (my understanding is ...
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Gbps and Tor… (“Volunteer relays carry 48 Gbps”)

On this The Tor Project webpage: https://www.torproject.org/about/jobs.html.en it is possible to read the following: "The Tor network's 6000 volunteer relays carry 48 Gbps for several million daily ...
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If a client has a not-so-not-fresh consensus (<24hr), does he download the whole consensus again directly or from a relay?

If a client has a not-so-not-fresh consensus (<24hr), does he download the whole consensus again directly (by reaching to the directory authorities) or from his guard relay (client<=>guard relay&...
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Is it possible to voluntarly unlist a relay from consensus?

While configuring a relay I made multiple tor instances ( with different nicknames and fingerprints). Now i'm in a situation that current relay i'm hosting dont't get listed at the consensus because ...
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Is it possible for an ISP to distinguish between traffic from a relay and traffic from a hidden serivce?

If an ISP was performing deep packet inspection on a server's traffic, would they be able to tell the difference between a hidden service and a relay? To clarify, I'm talking about a "middle relay" - ...
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How does tor network calculate relay status?

I have been working to get my relay marked as stable. I am aware that a relay needs to be running for 8 days to be listed as stable. I had it up to four solid days, but had to restart it tonight as my ...
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Is Tor-network protected from using one hop?

I'm testing few things in Tor and I noticed that if im changing(from the source code) the number of hop's(nodes) to be more then 3 hop's it work fine(slow but still working) and if i set only 2 hop's ...
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Tor Relay: Alleged Family Members

First of all sorry for my English. I had 2 Tor relays and now 1 is gone. I cleared "MyFamily" in torrc, and after some time dead relay disappeared from "Effective Family Members" in Tor Metrics ...
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Should my orport be public facing?

I port scanned my VPS (tor relay) and noticed both port 9001 and 9030 are public facing; accessible to the entire internet. Is this normal? How might a malicious actor interact with these ports? Could ...
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Torcc file settings MacOS for a Relay doesn't work

I use the Tor Browser on my MacOS-Sierra. Am not automatic now a Relay I read. But when I change the torcc file the browser doesn't start anymore. An answer would be great, or also the right ...
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How can I verify my relay is working?

This is the first time I'm running a relay. Doing it on a raspbian, and I've got some short questions. Be ready: I'm a newb. I'm only controlling my raspberry via SSH, so no GUIs. I opened ports on ...
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Changing in the relay selection in Tor source code

I want to change the Tor relay selection in the SOURCE CODE, I want to tell Tor to select my selected relays in each time it needs to build a circuit instead of randomly selected relays. I know that ...
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Why can't Tor Browser transfer data after modem/router restarted?

My Tor Browser version is 6.5 on Linux (but this was happening since at least 6.0.6, and possibly 6.0.5 on Windows but the system crashed so I can't confirm). It does not happen with the standalone ...
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Configuring my Tor browser to use more than three relays (nodes)

The title of the question speaks for it self. Can I configure Tor to use more than three relays (nodes)? I suppose that it won't be possible inside the native Tor Browser, because that can only use ...
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Can a hidden service operator specify a certain tor relay to always be one of its introductory point

Is it possible to modify hidden service configuration to always include a certain tor relays ip to be its introduction point given the relay has HSDir set.
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Run TOR relay with ipv6 only (“DualStack Lite”)

I am a unfortunate customer of a provider that uses a so-called DualStack Lite (I can't post more than two URLs - check Wikipedia for detailed information on DualStack Lite). Short: My router can't be ...
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Why my Tor relay server only use 10-15% of my bandwidth?

my relay (https://metrics.torproject.org/rs.html#details/FA371BD2B25519D65B956BB732938E28BB4FE809) has a traffic rate of 500kbits and some very short peaks to 3mb. But why only 500kbits? I have enough ...
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I am unable to conect to Tor from an specific country IP

I have been using Tor for a time now. I had it configured to conect from an Irish IP since that is what I need. It was always working okay but now suddenly it won't conect itself. I had the IP set ...
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Does the Tor Browser Bundle cache relay information?

When I restart the Tor Browser Bundle shortly after I've closed it I have the impression that relay information load faster. So I assume that the information about running relays is cached somehow. Is ...
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How to install a Tor relay on windows as a service?

How do you install Tor to run as a middle relay on windows? And how do you make it start automaticly as a service?
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Routing Bittorrent through a Tor relay…

I am running a non-exit Tor relay on my Windows 10 machine. I have the ORPort as 443, while the SocksPort and ControlPort are 9050 and 9051, respectively. I devote 800 Kbps average, and 950 Kbps to ...
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Do I need external IP for Tor Node?

after reading articles about tor and how it works-Tor Node too. i want to create my own Tor Node and transfer to my Node my data from the browsing. I'm using VMware Workstation with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ...
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Is it possible for the client to directly connect to an exit node?

If I'm not mistaken, Tor connections take place like this: Client -> Entry node -> [Multiple middle nodes] -> Exit nodes Is it possible for a client to directly connect to an exit node (...
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Raspberry with TOR relay and read-only filesystems

I run a Raspberry Pi as a TOR node and use an SD card. The last SD card died, probably due to too much data being written to it. I'm already using the setting AvoidDiskWrites 1 So I've set up ...
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How Can I Keep My Tor Relay Stable When I Need To Do A Software Update

I run a TOR relay under the name "torland" (http://torstatus.blutmagie.de/router_detail.php?FP=8d90596192e548c8c00fa9e82759f95b875dc99e). Just today, my relay became marked as a stable tor relay ...
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Tor relay - Interrupt: we have stopped accepting new connections, and will shut down in 30 seconds. Interrupt again to exit now

I am trying to run a tor relay on Ubuntu from source. I have done the following: Installed stable version (0.3.1.8) (as written in the documentations) Used "apt source" to get the source code ...
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Sniff Tor onions address from a relay

Currently working on a Tor study, I would have a question regarding the tor hidden services. I read lot of technicals papers to better understand the tor working on this point, like these good ...
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Tor node additional flags configuration

I recently stumbled upon these new additional flags in the Tor Metrics website: I’d like to configure my tor node to also have the FallbackDir and IPv6 ORPort flags, but don’t know what to add or ...
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How to know if exit nodes are the bottleneck

I've read that the exit nodes are the bottleneck of the tor network, and I've also read the opposite. Did the answer change at some point or is it changing often? What is the best way to determine if ...
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What happens if a rendez vous point for a single onion service is a relay that uses an old version of Tor?

What happens if a rendez vous point for a single onion service is a relay that uses an old version of Tor that doesn't support the recent single onion service feature? And if that wouldn't happen if ...
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how pluggable transport is managed against BridgeAuthority?

given that BridgeAuthority relay has information of all published (non-private) bridge relays, it could be used to compromise pluggable transport, is that the case? specifications
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Cannot run tor relay on Ubuntu Linux

I have a server with Ubuntu Linux 16.04. I installed tor like written in https://www.torproject.org/docs/debian.html.en#ubuntu (chose Xenial repos). I wrote what I believe to be the correct rows in ...
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What timezone does Authority relays use?

This is the header file retrieved from http://86.59.21.38/tor/status-vote/current/consensus/ network-status-version 3 vote-status consensus consensus-method 26 valid-after 2017-09-16 18:00:00 fresh-...

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