Plan for proposal 104 (was: New system for modifying Tor protocol)

Roger Dingledine arma at
Wed Mar 21 05:46:36 UTC 2007

On Tue, Mar 20, 2007 at 11:23:58PM -0400, Nick Mathewson wrote:
> I've added a draft specification to proposal 104, and incorporated the
> results of this discussion as I understand them.  With luck, there
> will be enough detail to this thing now that we can figure out how it
> will work.

Great. Two things come to mind as I'm looking through the new version:

1) What is IP doing there? I guess I could see IP:ORPort, if we want to
be able to fetch something ourselves, but when it's just IP, I can't
imagine what use it is. (The Nickname seems plausible for manual use,
so we can see what server it's for at a glance. Was IP meant to be a
secondary disambiguator?) We could expand to IP:ORPort, leave it alone,
or just take it out; my feeling is towards taking it out.

2) Should we demand that the published_on in the extra-info match the
published_on in the router descriptor? If we're having it there for
debugging purposes, making it more predictable might be handy. And it
shouldn't be hard to do.

We're getting close. :)

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