[tor-bugs] #4716 [Tor bundles/installation]: vidalia-0.2.15-1~oneiric tries to start a per-user Tor with system-wide settings (was: Bug on oreniric last update)

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Wed Dec 14 15:11:16 UTC 2011

#4716: vidalia-0.2.15-1~oneiric tries to start a per-user Tor with system-wide
 Reporter:  tigerjack89               |          Owner:  dererk       
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  assigned     
 Priority:  critical                  |      Milestone:               
Component:  Tor bundles/installation  |        Version:  Tor:
 Keywords:  Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit       |         Parent:               
   Points:                            |   Actualpoints:               
Changes (by rransom):

  * status:  needs_information => assigned
  * owner:  => dererk
 * cc: chiiph (added)


 I just installed `vidalia-0.2.15-1~oneiric` from deb.tpo, told debconf to
 add my user account to the debian-tor group, and ran Vidalia, and I got
 these error messages:

 Dec 14 07:04:10.811 [Notice] Tor v0.2.3.9-alpha (git-ba3267ad038b77ca)
 running on Linux i686.
 Dec 14 07:04:10.811 [Notice] Tor can't help you if you use it wrong! Learn
 how to be safe at https://www.torproject.org/download/download#warning
 Dec 14 07:04:10.811 [Notice] This version is not a stable Tor release.
 Expect more bugs than usual.
 Dec 14 07:04:10.811 [Notice] Read configuration file
 Dec 14 07:04:10.811 [Notice] Initialized libevent version 2.0.12-stable
 using method epoll (with changelist). Good.
 Dec 14 07:04:10.812 [Notice] Opening Socks listener on
 Dec 14 07:04:10.812 [Warning] Could not bind to Address
 already in use. Is Tor already running?
 Dec 14 07:04:10.812 [Warning] /var/run/tor is not owned by this user
 (rransom, 1000) but by debian-tor (114). Perhaps you are running Tor as
 the wrong user?
 Dec 14 07:04:10.812 [Warning] Before Tor can create a control socket in
 "/var/run/tor/control", the directory "/var/run/tor" needs to exist, and
 to be accessible only by the user account that is running Tor.  (On some
 Unix systems, anybody who can list a socket can conect to it, so Tor is
 being careful.)
 Dec 14 07:04:10.812 [Warning] Failed to parse/validate config: Failed to
 bind one of the listener ports.
 Dec 14 07:04:10.812 [Error] Reading config failed--see warnings above.

 I had not installed or run Vidalia on this computer before (except as part
 of TBB).  Vidalia is, in its default configuration, trying to start its
 own Tor instance, using configuration settings for a system Tor instance.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/4716#comment:3>
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