[Newbie] Installed relay, but no traffic

andrew cooke andrew at acooke.org
Tue Dec 7 00:29:03 UTC 2010


 Thanks for the reply.  Looks like I just need to wait.

 My rates are
 RelayBandwidthRate 100 KBytes  # Throttle traffic to 100KB/s (800Kbps)
 RelayBandwidthBurst 200 KBytes # But allow bursts up to 200KB/s 
 which seems about right.

 Also, when I said "relay" I was a bit vague - it's currently an exit 
 node (I assume those relay too), but I may change that if there are 


 On Mon, 6 Dec 2010 17:11:52 -0500, Justin Aplin <jmaplin at ufl.edu> 
> On Dec 6, 2010, at 4:09 PM, andrew cooke wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I installed Tor (v0.2.1.26) on Linux yesterday.  As far as I know, I 
>> configured it to be a relay.  The log ends with
>> Dec 05 18:15:05.509 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done.
>> Dec 05 18:15:05.509 [notice] Now checking whether ORPort  
>> and DirPort are reachable...  
>> (this may take up to 20 minutes -- look for log messages indicating  
>> success)
>> Dec 05 18:15:13.761 [notice] Self-testing indicates your DirPort is  
>> reachable from the outside. Excellent.
>> Dec 05 18:16:06.835 [notice] Self-testing indicates your ORPort is  
>> reachable from the outside. Excellent. Publishing server descriptor.
>> Dec 05 18:16:18.602 [notice] Your DNS provider gave an answer for  
>> "pmsxxrb3tc7t4", which is not supposed to exist.  Apparently they  are 
>> hijacking DNS failures. Trying to correct for this.  We've  noticed 1 
>> possibly bad address so far.
>> Dec 05 18:22:14.185 [notice] Performing bandwidth self-test...done.
> This is good.
>> which appears to be correct (Comcast is screwing with DNS).
>> However, I don't see any "unexpected" traffic on etherape.  I am not 
>> using it myself (I just wanted to add a relay to the system) and am  
>> on a cable modem with dynamic IP (which is tied to acooke.dyndns.org).
>> Have I done something wrong?  Is it normal to have no traffic?
> It can take up to 48 hours of uninterrupted running before you start
> seeing traffic pick up. As I understand it, public relays will see
> less traffic than exits, and bridges will see less than public 
> relays.
> Since I don't see etherape on https://torstatus.blutmagie.de I'm
> assuming your relay is either configured as a bridge, or you've 
> turned
> it off. Either way, let it run interrupted for a few days and see
> what  happens.
>> Also, what is a suitable value for the bandwidth setting?  This is  
>> just a "normal" residential Comcast cable modem in CT (the Linux box  
>> is connected to the cable modem on one NIC; a wifi router running as  
>> a simple hub is connected to another NIC; other computers in the  
>> house use wifi routed through this box.  It's running opensuse 11.3)
> It depends on your upload usage. For non-file-sharing purposes,
> allocating 75% of your maximum upload speed won't cause much of a
> disturbance in your day-to-day use (residential connections are
> generally asymmetrical and contain 8 to 10 times more download
> capacity than upload). Residential connections generally have an
> upload cap somewhere between 512kbps and 1mbps (64kBps - 128kBps) in
> my area; if you don't know yours I'd test it out or look in your
> contract to get an idea. Filesharing (I'm thinking Bittorrent in
> particular) doesn't play will with Tor on residential connections
> unless you've allocated each an appropriate share of your upload
> capacity, and have a router that can handle a large number of
> concurrent connections (although as I understand it your node is
> plugged directly into your modem? In that case, nevermind.), so keep
> that in mind.
> Also, what are your limits and burst limits currently set to?
>> Thanks, and apologies in advance if I am doing something dumb.
>> Andrew
> ~Justin Aplin

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