[ndbug] Tor relays in India

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Wed Oct 28 16:07:07 PDT 2015

N.J. Thomas:
> * George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com> [2015-10-26 20:21:42-0400]:
>> Our main project is porting Tor Browser to OpenBSD, which is now in its
>> sixth release.
> hi George,
> Some random questions from a Tor n00b:
>     - What is the state of Tor Browser on FreeBSD? I saw some chatter on
>       IRC about the version in ports, but I'm not sure if it is
>       usable in its current state

Hmmm.. I don't think there's anything in FreeBSD ports except for the
Tor application itself (security/tor and security/tor-dev, the later
being the alpha which I'd recommend for relays), plus net/torsocks, a
tool that allows TCP applications to work over Tor via SOCKS.

At some point, we'd love if someone took our OpenBSD implementation and
port to FreeBSD.

>     - is it possible to run a tor node at arbitrary times? eg. Suppose I
>       want to run my node on a given day between 3pm and 6pm, is it
>       possible to do that?

Interesting.  There's a few 'Accounting' options in the torrc:

## Use these to restrict the maximum traffic per day, week, or month.
## Note that this threshold applies separately to sent and received bytes,
## not to their sum: setting "4 GB" may allow up to 8 GB total before
## hibernating.
## Set a maximum of 4 gigabytes each way per period.
#AccountingMax 4 GB
## Each period starts daily at midnight (AccountingMax is per day)
#AccountingStart day 00:00
## Each period starts on the 3rd of the month at 15:00 (AccountingMax
## is per month)
#AccountingStart month 3 15:00

But for something that specific you might just want to use cron(8)

>     - How does the software at https://torstatus.rueckgr.at/ determine
>       what country a given node is in? Is that self-reported, or do they
>       determine it by AS or something else?

I believe it's by AS... not self-reported.

> I'm trying to find a good hosting provider in India, but they all
> are either too expensive or seem like fly-by-night operations. I might
> just set something up now with a fast connection to an Indian AS and
> then move it later.

Ahh... that's one approach.

Anyone else have data center/colo input in India?


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