[tor-relays] Few questions about relaying

Lunar lunar at torproject.org
Sat Oct 11 07:31:13 UTC 2014

Blaise Gagnon:
> and ... what is "hibernating" ?

See AccountingMax and related options in tor manpage:

       AccountingMax N bytes|KBytes|MBytes|GBytes|KBits|MBits|GBits|TBytes
           Never send more than the specified number of bytes in a
           given accounting period, or receive more than that number
           in the period. For example, with AccountingMax set to 1
           GByte, a server could send 900 MBytes and receive 800
           MBytes and continue running. It will only hibernate once
           one of the two reaches 1 GByte. When the number of bytes
           gets low, Tor will stop accepting new connections and
           circuits. When the number of bytes is exhausted, Tor will
           hibernate until some time in the next accounting period.
           To prevent all servers from waking at the same time, Tor
           will also wait until a random point in each period before
           waking up. If you have bandwidth cost issues, enabling
           hibernation is preferable to setting a low bandwidth,
           since it provides users with a collection of fast servers
           that are up some of the time, which is more useful than a
           set of slow servers that are always "available".

Lunar                                             <lunar at torproject.org>
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