[tor-dev] Using Tor w/o GeoIP
nathan at freitas.net
Mon Jan 23 01:38:44 UTC 2012
On 01/22/2012 08:14 PM, Sebastian Hahn wrote:
> As a client, the geoipdb is only required for specification of nodes by
> country code, yes. On relays/bridges, we also use it for statistics. One
Thanks for the clarification.
> idea for you might be to not include the geoip thing by default at all,
> and only when the user requests a feature that requires it do you inform
> them that they need to fetch another file. I'm not clear if that's legal
> on Android, but if it is, it could be an effective mechanism.
It is legal on Android, but I have always been concerned about that sort
of secondary download from a Tor perspective, in that you would want to
make sure it was downloaded through the Tor network itself, right?
Maybe I can just create an Orbot-lite version that does not include
privoxy and geoip, etc.
> Also we've had plans to make the geoip db a thing the tor client
> downloads on demand only, but haven't gotten far with that. If you
> wanted to help with that on an 0.2.4 timeframe, that'd probably be
It would be easier if that was just part of the native Tor
functionality, instead of something tacked on as part of Orbot. I will
do what I can, so keep me in the loop.
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