[Newbie] Installed relay, but no traffic

Mick mbm at rlogin.net
Mon Dec 6 23:01:01 UTC 2010

"Justin Aplin" <jmaplin at ufl.edu> wrote:

>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
>> 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 
>> 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

Etherape is a network monitoring tool, not the name of the relay.

Sent from my mobile. Please excuse my brevity.

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