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Questions relating to relays, their maintenance, and operation.

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On a Tor status page what do these columns stand for?

There is a Tor status web page (warning: it loads pretty slowly), probably unofficial, which I usually use to see what is going on with a certain node. The page has the following fields for each tor-...
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Is it ethical to keep logs of a relay (whether it's an entry, middle or exit)?

Is it ethical to keep logs of a relay (whether it's an entry, middle or exit)? Or should I not even keep logs to begin with?
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Ready-made Tor relay on virtual machine

I was looking for a virtual machine that has Tor relay pre-configured. This came to my mind while thinking about the the amount of security which can be provided by having thousands of similar Tor ...
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Looking for Conflux code

I'm looking for source code of Conflux tool, published here. There's statement: 'We implemented the multipath construction and cell sequencing, buffering, and reordering in the Tor source code (...
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Selecting a middle node in Tor using Stem [closed]

I'm trying to learn my way around Tor and the Stem library for a class. My understanding is that the middle node is selected by tor and is unaccessible through Stem, however as part of the class I ...
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tor relay and bridge on one server with two IP addresses

I have a small VPS service that I use primarily to run a tor bridge (and also a VPN). Sometimes I travel to China for work, so I have the bridge configured as unlisted and only connect to it with ...
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Using curl over a normal tor installation, not tor-browser-bundle, on debian wheezy

I installed a tor relay on debian wheezy and it runs fine. Now I want to use curl and I used: curl --socks5 127.0.0.1:9150 http://www.torproject.org But it couldn't connect to the host. If I start ...
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Tor relay bandwidth not corresponding

i've recently started a new relay for support purpose, but in the torrc file i've added this lines: BandwidthRate 60 MBytes BandwidthBurst 60 MBytes But on ATLAS it seems to remain on 250 KB, why my ...
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Tor relay loading informations

i've recently decided to support Tor throught a new relay, then i taked one of my server with debian 8 and follow the steps on torproject website after installing the most recently tor i've edited the ...
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Can i use tor relay with 2 ip adresses?

Can i use tor relay with 2 ip adresses ? I have 2 ip's on the same computer can i set both to same relay somehow? Regards kof
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tor outbound ssh connection visible in netstat

When applying netstat on a machine (Kali Linux 2016.2) running tor, I can observe an always established outbound ssh connection - see third line below. Could anyone confirm why this ssh connection is ...
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Is there any way a client connects specific directory mirror(cache)

I want to make client connect with the only specific directory cache what I specify to download consensus document. So, is there any way to do this using torrc or tor command line option ? I think ...
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Confusion about RelayBandwidthRate

when i set a RelayBandwidthRate e.g. 600 KB/s does it mean i have 600 KB/s bidirectional (e.g. 300 KB/s download and 300 KB/s upload) or does i mean i have 600 KB/s in both directions, 1200 KB/s in ...
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Additional Tor security at the client's network perimeter

I have been studying Tor and its related security issues recently, and have some questions. Aren't the most effective recent attacks on Tor, actually attacks on the browser (or plugins), rather than ...
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Restarting a tor relay. Does it go back to phase one?

I am wondering if you restart the relay or it is powered down for a period if time, does it go back to phase one and the life cycle starts again? As a new relay?
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Question about the assigned Guard node flag and whether if this flagged node can still be used as middle node

I would like to know some information before launching my Tor node. If my node is assign as a guard node, can it still be used as a middle node or has it became a permanent guard node?
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Tor Relay unresponsive

I'm running a Tor Exit Node for some weeks now and I've noticed something strange. every now and then, usually after 1 day of runtime I start to get this message in my ARM log. 14:03:48 [ARM_NOTICE]...
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How does de-anonymization work?

I heard that someone, who can read the traffic of many tor nodes (like the government of a country where many nodes are located) can find out which user is sending/reading data to/from which resource ...
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What is the point of a relay family?

Consider the following recommendation, taken from the official FAQ : You should set MyFamily if you have administrative control of the computers or of their network, even if they're not all in ...
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Finding available bandwidth of a relay

Is there any method to get the available bandwidth of a Tor Relay. (Not the one the relay publishes itself.) Plus I wrote the following sets of code: from stem.descriptor.remote import ...
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Set up arm for local access only

Since two days, I'm running a Tor relay I call charon. I heard about arm that shows you some statistics about your relay, which sounds like a great tool to have. For it to work, you have to enable ...
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Measuring current load on a Tor relay

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on the usefulness of measuring the current load on a router. I have read the bandwidth authority specification, and I have a rough idea on how ...
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What is the most appropriate kind of hardware to run a Tor relay on?

In the purpose of setting up a Tor relay that makes good use of a fast FTTH connection, what computer will do the job most efficiently at the time of writing, provided the following requirements are ...
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Is it possible to setup a private TOR relay

I have a proxy setup on one of my machines which is behind a router. And I need to use that proxy from another network. But my problem is that I cannot forward ports from the router to the proxy ...
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Does a relay write to disk frequently?

I'm a new relay operator. I'm running a non-exit relay on a Raspberry Pi, whose main storage device is an SD card. I'm concerned that the relay software may be shortening the life of my SD card by ...
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How to configure a Tor relay through my VPN service?

I would like to run a Tor relay through my VPN (Linux using OpenVPN). My anonymous VPN service connects through an OpenVPN tun0 interface. I run both "Tor ->- over ->- VPN" and "TBB ->- over ->- VPN" ...
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Tor router validation

my question is how does Tor validate routers? There are some specifications that mention that there are "validated" nodes, which have a "valid" flag (e.g. https://gitweb.torproject.org/torspec.git/...
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List hidden service managed by an HSDIR

if i have a relay with the HSdir flag, there is a way to know what are the hidden services descriptor hosted on it? in other word, can i list all hidden services present in the hash table of a relay? ...
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How does the exit node relay data back to originator?

I read some of the answers on the forum trying to understand how a server talks back to client through TOR, and from what I understand nodes keep a record for a while of the next and previous node to ...
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Too much Not anonim Exit Nodes on the TOR Network!

Many exit nodes are not anonym. It says "Hi I'm a Proxy Or Hi I'm a Tor Exit Node on host name". Here is a test site: http://ipcim.com/hu/. Host names: TOR-EXIT.CYLAB.CMU.EDU sipb-tor.mit.edu ...
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Atlas and Globe shows my country not

I want to see my country (Austria) with Globe and Atlas! What can I do?
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Firewall rules Tor Middle Relay help

ORPort 9001 From external from the entry relays to internal the traffic runs inet proto tcp port >1024 to --> port 9001 ... but, then for my understanding: How runs the traffic out from here (the ...
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Multiple Tor relays vs one bigger relay on one connection

Today I got an idea, that I have multiple (5) computers, which I can have running all the time, so why not to make them all relays, right? Well for one, I have limited connection (50mbit up/down). So ...
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How often can I / should I restart my new Tor relay?

To my current understanding, the longer the Tor relay operates continuously, the better. But what if I want to do some maintenance on the server? I don't want to lose the newly given Guard flag (...
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Is my TOR installation compromised? [duplicate]

Firstly, I am not an Internet or TOR expert I have just started exploring it. BUT after using it OK for a couple of months I have recently noticed what to me is suspicious/odd. Nowadays when ever I ...
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I'm not getting guard flag. Whats the requirements for that?

Also, im not getting the stable flag. I'v been online for about a month. 20.april I switched from win to linux. I've had some restarts of the relay, but not long downtimes. my fingerprint: ...
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Is it safe to run a relay-only node?

I have some spare bandwidth at home that I am willing to donate to the TOR project. I am thinking about running a relay-only / non-exit node, but only if it is completely safe and trouble-free for me. ...
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TOR switched bridges

I open TOR with a bridge to a foreign country. During use when I opened a new tab the bridge switched to USA. I never saw this happen before. Is it suspicious or normal activity?
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What does the heartbeat line in my torrc mean?

I know that the Tor logs are in /var/log/tor. I have a question as to what one of the lines in the log means though. I see something along these lines: Heartbeat: Tor's uptime is 4 days 18:00 hours, ...
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Tor Circuit failed to be created: destroyed

Okay, so I'm running a few experiments on Tor for a course project. I keep on changing different relays to see the effects on response time. But on some of the circuits, I keep on getting this ...
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A few questions about how bandwidth scanners work

I have a few questions related to how bandwidth scanners work. I would appreciate it a lot if anyone could answer any one (or all) of them: From what I read in the bandwidth scanners spec, my ...
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What if a powerful adversary controls a lot of relays?

Given that anyone can set up a relay server, what if a powerful adversary sets up a lot of relays around the world?
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Tor is making me an exit node despite configuration?

I am trying to create a non-exit relay. I have edited the torrc file to ExitPolicy reject *:*, but when I monitor my connection in arm it lists my relay nickname as an "EXIT" in multiple circuits. Is ...
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How does the TOR propagation of nodes work?

When a relay or HSP broadcasts its key (non exit node), how does a TOR client find it? How is the propagation of exit nodes and relay nodes (or HSPs) shared?
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Forcing every user to be a decoy relay?

Hypothetically what good or bad would happen if you forced practically every user to be a decoy relay. So Tor right now, gives you the option to be a relay which is awesome. But what would be the ...
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I have 1635 inbound and one outbound connection on my relay is that normal?

I am running a middle relay on a raspberry pi b+ its been up for about two weeks now and until last night was averaging 50MB downloads a day. Now its finally sped up, hope im not doing something wrong ...
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Does a tor message keep track of number of nodes it's gone through?

Let's say you have a message. Does it include the number of hops it has passed through? If no, what is stopping it from just being passed around indefinitely and never reaching an exit node? If yes, ...
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Recent drop in Tor clients?

Today I looked at the Tor Metrics for the first time. I was surprised by the data on the number of direct users. It appears that the number of users has recently decreased by 50% in the past month. ...
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Run Tor in the background via the shell

After configuring the Tor relay through a remote SSH session my terminal is still waiting (sort of stuck at this line on my remote SSH session ). it says: Nov 11 10:10:00.000 [notice] Performing ...
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In what ways can private relays be used?

There are applications where private relays, not listed in public consensus directories, would perhaps be useful. For example, one might use four-relay circuits with private entry guards and exit ...

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