[tor-project] New Tor Metrics graph: Tor Browser downloads and updates

Karsten Loesing karsten at torproject.org
Sun Jan 29 16:30:23 UTC 2017

On 28/01/17 00:31, Yawning Angel wrote:
> On Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:49:01 -0800
> Arlo Breault <arlo at torproject.org> wrote:
>>> On Jan 27, 2017, at 12:33 PM, Yawning Angel
>>> <yawning at schwanenlied.me> wrote:
>>> On Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:15:41 +0100
>>> Karsten Loesing <karsten at torproject.org> wrote:  
>>>> - hellais asked at yesterday's Vegas meeting: "how many times does
>>>> a normal tor browser do an update ping every day?" which was
>>>> answered by mikeperry and gk with "twice" "and on every start".
>>>> This is probably something we should clarify in the graph
>>>> description.  
>>> If the definition of "update ping" is fetch the JSON file at:
>>> `extensions.torbutton.versioncheck_url`, then their comments don't
>>> match what I saw in the code...
>>> https://gitweb.torproject.org/torbutton.git/tree/src/chrome/content/torbutton.js#n808
>>>  const kMinSecsBetweenChecks = 120 * 60; // 2.0 hours  
>> Probably, `app.update.interval`
>> https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor-browser.git/tree/browser/branding/official/pref/firefox-branding.js?h=tor-browser-45.7.0esr-6.5-1#n9
> Ugh.  So there's 2 different update check mechanisms that Tor Browser
> uses, on different intervals, fetching data from different hosts, in
> different formats.
> FWIW, the sandbox update check just uses the XML format data on
> aus1.torproject.org (prefers fetching from the .onion), with the timer
> set to every 2 hours.

Okay, we rely on folks telling us which resource strings to look after
and how to interpret them.  If we should be looking for different
resource strings in the logs or change the documentation in any way,
please tell us!

All the best,

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