[tor-dev] default value of CookieAuthentication is wrong inthe documentation

Nick Mathewson nickm at alum.mit.edu
Thu Apr 4 15:44:45 UTC 2013

On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM, Tomáš Hnyk <tomashnyk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am using tor on Ubuntu 12.10, version of tor: v0.2.3.22-rc
> (git-4a0c70a817797420)
> The documentation https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-manual.html.en says
> that default value of CookieAuthentication is 0. However, until I set it 0
> in my torrc, tor wanted a cookie ("host 9051 515 Authentication failed:
> Wrong length on authentication cookie.")
> My torrc is this:
> FascistFirewall 1
> ControlPort 9051
> CookieAuthentication 0
> I guess the documentation (on the web and the man page and comments in
> torrc file) should ve mended to reflect this. Or am I missing something?

The default in src/or/config.c is zero:
  V(CookieAuthentication,        BOOL,     "0"),

There could be a change in the source you've got, or an override of
the default option in a "torrc.defaults" file, or something.


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