[tor-dev] Find running Tors

meejah meejah at meejah.ca
Mon Apr 1 22:49:47 UTC 2013

Nick Mathewson <nickm at alum.mit.edu> writes:

> [..] plus maybe another library that would find a running Tor or
> launch one as needed.

Are there ideas/designs written down for this anywhere? I am
interested in seeing this happen -- I took a very quick stab at it in
txtorcon but realized it would be Much Better if this had co-operation
from Tor processes running on the system.

For controllers, the use-case would likely be to present a user with
choices (e.g. "use one of these Tors I found running, or launch a new
one?") or for a "please give me an anonymous socket, whatever that
takes" sort of function (which could try using a running tor first, if

Trying to enumerate via process inspection or netstat-like ways is
likely not the good way forward...


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