[tor-bugs] #9333 [TorBrowserButton]: Tor browser fails to launch after crash

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Thu Jul 25 14:32:04 UTC 2013

#9333: Tor browser fails to launch after crash
 Reporter:  cypherpunks       |          Owner:  mikeperry
     Type:  defect            |         Status:  new      
 Priority:  normal            |      Milestone:           
Component:  TorBrowserButton  |        Version:           
 Keywords:                    |         Parent:           
   Points:                    |   Actualpoints:           
 I'm using the current(?) version of the Tor Browser bundle (version
 2.3.25-10 I think; how do I find out which version I am running?) on

 After a system crash (failing to shut down properly - laptop battery ran
 out) while tor browser was running, I was unable to restart Tor browser
 again after reboot. I got two error messages from vidalia; one saying that
 vidalia was unable to connect to the control port, the other saying that
 the tor process had exited immediately after launch. The last line in the
 tor logfile was a warning:

 [Warning] Illegal nickname "PPriv at last-listed" in family line

 Grepping through the Data/Tor/ directory, I found such a line in the
 cached-microdescs file. After deleting this file I was able to launch tor
 browser again.

 Tor browser/vidalia should recover from this kind of error automatically,
 without manual user intervention.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/9333>
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