[tor-relays] Setting up new Tor relay

Lance Hathaway qhltx at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 25 16:37:32 UTC 2012

I used a dash. Something to logically separate two parts of the nickname 
without requiring a space, you know. Of course, had I not been 
configuring it at close to midnight, I probably would have noticed that 
the manual says it must be alphanumeric only. Because it's written down 
as such in the manual, I'm not sure it can be properly classified as a bug.

The only really frustrating part was that nothing was written to the log 
file. When I woke up the next morning and fiddled with it a bit more, I 
realized that I could try running Tor through my local account and 
reference the suspect torrc file. When I did, it happily printed out the 
equivalent of "you didn't read the manual, dummy!" to stdout and quit 
right back to the command line. That led me to fixing the problem 
statement, and hence my the crashes.

I'd love to see Tor write all errors to the configured log file, 
including errors with the torrc file. And if logging isn't configured or 
is misconfigured, it might be appropriate to spit something into the 
default logging for the system (Windows Events, /var/log/messages, 
etc.). But for now, I'm willing to accept a resolution of "read the 
fancy manual."


On 25/11/2012 3:46 AM, Moritz Bartl wrote:
> On 24.11.2012 17:28, Lance Hathaway wrote:
>> Never mind, I figured it out. Apparently I had an invalid character in
>> my Nickname, which caused Tor to dump itself without writing any sort of
>> info to the configured log file. Looks good now.
> What kind of character did you use? Sounds like a good bug report.

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