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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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Nodes from Japan showing up as from Netherlands?

How does Tor determine what country a node is based in? For ex, tracerouting this current relay ip 45.32.55.55 shows it is from Japan, but Tor tags it as being from the Netherlands
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Trying to set up a bridge, no luck!

I'm relatively new to Tor, having read about it in my newspaper so I thought I'd give it a go. Having read about relays and bridges and so forth I thought I'd try it out. I managed to get a relay ...
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Circuits in use when time to re-boot

The occasional re-boot is needed for updates and things. Do I need to somehow clear / stop current relay circuits prior to doing a reboot to keep from messing someone up? Or do it just do a tor ...
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Noob:: would someone be helpful to be sure I am as private as possible?

I follow all of the usual set ups, but in global it shows my external ip and the name of my isp. Is this normal? Am I putting myself out there more than I need to? Thank you for your patience. link ...
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I'm building lot's of circuits. What could cause this?

I run a relay. It has a SocksPort listening, but I don’t use it as a client for anything at the moment. It also hosts a hidden service. From time to time I get warnings like this: [warn] Your ...
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tor relays question?

I read this in some book : All connections between the first relay and the exit relay are encrypted, and each relay along the way knows only the previous and the next hop. ...
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Tor dying on Raspberry Pi (circuit creation storm, out of memory)

UPD: this question was regarding an older version of Tor (0.2.4.24). With a newer version (which was 0.2.7.2-alpha for me) the problem disappeared. I am running Tor (0.2.4.24) relay on Raspberry Pi (...
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“Reloading tor daemon configuration… fail” after updating torrc

I'm running a relay node on my box, and I recently updated the torrc file (I set a RelayBandwidthRate and commented out AccountingMax) I then run: $ service tor reload and this is the output: * ...
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Can a relay decide which protocol to use (TAP or ntor)?

I've just started studying Tor and I came across TAP and ntor protocols. Just want to clear up that are these protocols decided at the time of circuit creation or each relay can decide on its own that ...
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What is the connections tab in ARM used for?

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 104....
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Preferred terms for Tor relay positions

Is it preferable to call the first relay the "entry" relay or "guard" relay? I've seen both in the published literature.
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Is there a limit in the number of connections?

When I use Tor as a socks5 proxy for my applications, is there a limit in the number of connections I can perform to other hidden services (addresses.onion)? I am developing an application to check ...
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Relay Can't Bind Tor to Port 9050

I'm setting up a relay on Ubuntu 14.04 using the instructions here: https://www.torproject.org/docs/debian.html.en#ubuntu. My config is super small and basic: ORPort 9050 DirPort 9030 ...
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Best use of port 80 for my Tor relay

My relay is currently using the default ports (9001, 9030). I'm using port 443, but 80 is available. Would it be useful to use port 80 for either the ORPort or the DirPort? If so, which one? Thanks!
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How often do Tor exit nodes change Ip addresses?

A majority of Tor traffic is routed through around ~80 exit nodes I was wondering how often do these exit nodes change their ip addresses? There is a list of exit nodes here https://torstatus....
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Mozilla now hosting Tor relay nodes

What is the deal with allowing Mozilla to host Tor relay nodes? They say their contribution will help to greatly expand and improve the Tor network, yet despite all the recent spin on the truth about ...
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How to access “Configure” page to set up bridge relay

I downloaded the latest Tor version and now need to configure a bridge relay, as the web site I am trying to view is still banning me (www.godlikeproductions.com). They must have very sophisticated IP ...
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Tor on linux - how to select exit nodes manually

On windows, there is an application called Advanced Onion Router (or, AdvOR) which lets you choose your tor exit nodes, and it lists them all out. This is great, because some exit nodes have ...
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Why does a restart cause a relay to lose the Guard and HSDir flag?

Why does a restart cause a relay to lose the Guard and HSDir flag? I understand that the Guard and HSDir flag are based on time in the network. However, why is it important when the last restart ...
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Does Tor insert random delays or perform packet re-ordering to make the discovery of the communication path harder?

If an attacker can observe the Tor user, and the website being visited, it is possible to correlate the traffic by looking at time and size distributions of the communication. Techniques such as ...
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Finding ubuntu user account running tor for tor-arm install

I am wondering how I go about finding the user that is running tor when installed on ubuntu. The quote below says that tor should be running as a separate user. I have a relay setup and currently ...
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How to limit use of socket buffers?

I've got a relay on an OpenVZ VPS which is constrained by the number of sockets available for use. (numtcpsock in /proc/user_beancounters). This results in my getting these errors in my Tor log: [...
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Does Tor have any protection against bandwidth misuse?

Let's say someone runs 100 Tor instances on their machine and with their high speed internet connection -> download huge volumes of data through all of those instances. Are there any mechanisms ...
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How may I run multiple Tor relay instances in a single Windows 7 machine?

How may I run multiple Tor relay instances in a single Windows 7 machine? And if you can tell-me step-by-step, I appreciate a lot of!!
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Problems with setting up a non-exit relay

I would like to contribute to the Tor Project and set up a non-exit relay. But there are some problems: Even if self-testing indicates my ORPort and DirPort are reachable from the outside, it doesn't ...
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Accurately measuring bandwidth

I am working on a tor project that deals with relays' bandwidths. Recently, I have spoken to a relay operator who divulged that the observed bandwidth of one of the relays was faked. The data was ...
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Run tor and TBB at the same time with the same ports on same PC

Just what the title says: is it safe/good practise/etc to run tor as a service (LM17.2) and TBB on the same PC, same time, same ports? Will this be related to that part of the FAQ where it says I have ...
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Is there a way to prevent Tor from appearing suspicious by connecting to strange locations?

I used Tor at work and got informed by a security analyst that my computer was exhibiting strange behavior. She said that it was connecting to servers in Amsterdam. Though I think there were some ...
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Install a Tor relay on Windows with Tor Browser Bundle

I can not install or configure a Tor relay. I had Tor downloaded, installed several times on Windows XP. There is no Vidalia in it or came with it. The union button gives me no options like Vidalia ...
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How do you get legit relay bandwidth ballpark figures?

I'm using STEM. I'm trying to create custom circuits based on relay information but I'm unable to get reliable relay information. RouterStatusEntryV3.measured which appears to be the heuristic I ...
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Can the Tor Browser be configured to function as a non-exit relay node?

I downloaded the 64-bit Windows installed for "Tor Browser" from this URL: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en It installed and worked as expected and can display normal and ....
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How do I get a list of tor relays?

I see that some websites such as this one have a complete list of all tor relays. How do they dynamically find all of the relays in the tor network?
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First Circuit Server Constant (New Identity) [duplicate]

No matter what I am trying, I can't change the first server in the circuit. Neither "New Identity" nor "New Circuit" or closing the browser will change it. I tried two different tor instances from ...
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Why do relays not end idle TCP sessions?

I'm running a relay on a 1Gbps connection. However, my relay averages around 3Mbps up/down each after several months. After substantial investigation, I found the cause: my relay sets up TCP sessions ...
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Arm for Tor Relay Bandwidth Descrepancies

I'm running a Tor Relay on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian. I installed Arm as to monitor bandwidth. The line that says "Bandwidth (limit: 800.0 Kb/s, burst: 1.5 Mb/s, measured 160 b/s)" claims my ...
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How does data go through Tor

I know how Tor works (mostly) but I want to know how data returns through Tor to the user. Example: I send a message from me (Bob) to my friend (Rob) and it goes to, let's say, 3 relays. Now, when I ...
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Tor entrance point does not change [duplicate]

When I look at the tor channel - the entrance point is always 124.6.36.230 (Great Britain) - even if I ask tor to choose a new channel. I thought the route through tor is randomly selected. But if the ...
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How to find the current number of tor relays/ exit nodes in entire tor network?

tor project faq points to this page: https://metrics.torproject.org/. But it is not easy to understand. I don't understand the terms used in this page. How do I decipher the following information ...
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Qualities of a good relay (besides the obvious)

I’m currently working on Roster, a tor project that aims to reward relay operators with good relays. Besides the obvious requirements of a good relay (e.g. speed, geo-diversity, constant uptime), ...
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Tor Non Exit Relay Port Issue

I am trying to set up a tor non exit relay, i am running it on debian wheezy inside of a virtual machine run in hyper-v on server2o12 r2 datacenter, my router is a ubiquiti ER-8Pro both ports 9001 and ...
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Why my relay is so slow?

I have a connection of 100mb/s and its going too slow, just look here: https://globe.torproject.org/#/search/query=A11BAE8F2676FF78727EE74949836E495D801D90 The relay is located in a OVH VPS How can ...
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Why exactly is it not recommended to exclude relays?

I'm doing some research on Tor for a paper and stumbled upon this section on the Tor FAQ page, where it says how to choose or exclude certain nodes from your circuit. Below it says that it is not ...
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If I copy my Tor relay image for a friend does it help?

I know it will start and connect but the fingerprint is the same.. does that matter?
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How do I make my Tor Browser a relay?

I have the updated version of Tor, but there is no console after the Tor connection is made and the browser comes up. I would like to run a Tor relay but am unable to due to lack of Tor console. Thank ...
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Relay getting traffic showing as unreachable?

UPDATE: See my answer below for instructions, I added a Dynamic DNS and added that as the "Address" in torrc. Once I did that I got the "Self-testing indicates your ORPort is reachable. Excellent." ...
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If there was multicore support, what limit is there to hidden service or relay bandwidth?

If there was multicore support, what limit is there to hidden service or relay bandwidth? Given that a single cloudflare server supports at least six gigabits of bandwidth (although it's likely ...
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Can't access Tor authcookie file from third party program

I've been trying for hours to get a munin monitoring plugin to hook into the Tor control port without success. The problem is that it's unable to access the Tor authcookie in /var/run/tor with the ...
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How do bridges defend themselves against targeted scans?

Running a Tor Bridge recommends using port 443 and even when running a bridge using a pluggable transport an open (non-transport) bridge port seems to be required. Assuming someone runs obfs4 and a ...

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