Auto-Update -Feature - Was: Draft schedule for Tor 0.2.1.x.
kyle.kwilliams at gmail.com
Tue May 20 17:16:24 UTC 2008
Sorry for not making this more clear. Thank you for bringing up that point,
which I will address in a moment.
I was referring to the 200,000+ users that are using Tor as a client. Most
of the users are using Tor on a desktop or laptop.
I would put this 'in your face' alert on the shoulders of Vidalia, since
it's what most people use to control Tor.
So, back to the head-less server sitting in a data center. Tor already has
a recommended versions that is sent out by the Directory Authorities.
Perhaps a LATEST_STABLE parameter could be sent out, and upon receiving an
update for LATEST_STABLE, one's own Tor instance could automatically update
itself. Which brings us to the next question, how do we make this
controllable by the operator. I purpose a AutoUpdate flag in the torrc.
AutoUpdate 1 means update to the LATEST_STABLE
AutoUpdate 0 means don't automatically update to LATEST_STABLE
Which one should be the default? I bet there would be a lot of debate about
this. I say AutoUpdate 1 should be the default.
Both options would of course create the appropriate logs messages in Tor's
I'm sure there are a couple of technical aspect's of this I haven't
considered yet, but the general idea isn't a new one and has been done
before with lots of software products available today.
On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 10:50 PM, Marcus Wolschon <marcus at wolschon.biz>
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> Hello Kyle,
> so what is your proposal exactly?
> How do you suppose a background-service
> on a very possibly headless and unattended
> machine in a data-center should issue such
> a message to the administrator?
> Kyle Williams schrieb:
> | Nick,
> | I have a suggestion. Automatic updates.
> | Here is my reason as to why I feel this is probably the most important
> | feature you need to implement.
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