[Newbie] Installed relay, but no traffic

andrew cooke andrew at acooke.org
Mon Dec 6 21:09:22 UTC 2010


 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 
 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.

 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?

 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)

 Thanks, and apologies in advance if I am doing something dumb.

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