[tor-dev] Introducing CollecTor (was: Spinning off Directory Archive from Metrics Portal)

Kostas Jakeliunas kostas at jakeliunas.com
Fri Jun 6 10:49:44 UTC 2014

On Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM, Philipp Winter <phw at nymity.ch> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 04, 2014 at 04:54:03PM +0200, Karsten Loesing wrote:
>> On 25/05/14 10:35, Karsten Loesing wrote:
>> > I'm continuously tweaking the Metrics Portal [0] in the attempt to make
>> > it more useful.  My latest idea is to finally spin off the Directory
>> > Archive part from it, which is the part that serves descriptor tarballs.
>> Ta-da!   ===> https://collector.torproject.org/ <===   New website!
> Looks great!

Seconded - very awesome indeed!

> I added the service to:
> <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/operations/Infrastructure>
>>  - Recently published descriptors can now be accessed much more easily:
>> https://collector.torproject.org/recent/
> That's a very useful feature.

Am I right to assume that any service/program/client that relied on
metrics "rsync the recent/ folder" feature should migrate to using
https://collector.torproject.org/recent/ ?

One thing that's neat with rsync is that it can take care of any
lapses in service (on either the metrics data backend side, or on the
client-which-is-downloading-the-data side) - it will just
automagically mirror all the consensuses (if this is needed by the

Of course, it's very easy to just make the client check if it has any
lapses/holes in its (historical) view of the needed data, and to make
it re-download (wget, whatever) the missing parts as needed.

Just wanted to make sure there'll be no rsync-recent-metrics-data
service any more (correct me if i got this wrong.)

>>  - Preliminary logo suggested by Jeroen and very quickly put together:
>> https://people.torproject.org/~karsten/volatile/collector-logo.png -- if
>> you're a graphic designer and want to contribute one hour of your time
>> to design that for real, please contact me!
> Hmm, that seems to be the octopus which is part of USA-247's logo:
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA-247>

Quite sure this was some cheeky intended satire :)
Really like the logo, btw ;)

> Hopefully, somebody can contribute a better one.
> Cheers,
> Philipp


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