[tor-relays] Tor Cloud/AWS relay set up but no Tor installed

SiNA Rabbani sina at redteam.net
Sun Mar 22 04:52:34 UTC 2015

Hi allicoder,

The images on Tor Cloud website have not been updated for a while. The project is lacking someone
that can keep it up to date. I tried to take on the responsibility but so far I have failed to dedicate
the necessary time. Sorry for the bad experience.

As far as the specific problem with the Cloud image itself, there is a script that is supposed to install the relay
on first boot. See /etc/rc.local.

You can also find that script here: https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor-cloud.git/plain/ec2-prep.sh

There are a couple of issues with the script itself that I noticed immediately:
1) the harcoded pgp key is expired
2) the debian experimental repository is returning a 404
W: Failed to fetch http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org/dists/experimental-precise/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

If you wish to do some trouble-shooting, try to get these commands to run without any errors:
sudo apt-get -y update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo bash /etc/ec2-prep.sh bridge

Finally, now that you have a running image and ssh access, you can just follow the Tor relay installations here:

I apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for running a relay.

All the best,

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

----- On Mar 21, 2015, at 11:10 PM,  aredocilla at gmail.com wrote:

> Hello,
> I've been trying to set up a tor relay on AWS using the free tier using the
> instructions in various places (e.g. https://cloud.torproject.org/,
> https://www.fak3r.com/2012/08/11/howto-run-a-tor-node-in-the-cloud-for-free/).
> But sshing in from my PC shows clearly that not only is tor not running, it's
> not even installed!
> ubuntu at ip-172-31-28-207:~$ aptitude show tor
> Package: tor
> State: not installed
> Version:
> Priority: optional
> Section: net
> ...
> ubuntu at ip-172-31-28-207:~$ ps -ely | grep tor
> ubuntu at ip-172-31-28-207:~$ ls /var/log
> alternatives.log  auth.log  btmp            dist-upgrade  dmesg.0     dmesg.2.gz
> fsck      landscape  mail.err  news    udev     unattended-upgrades  wtmp
> apt               boot.log  cloud-init.log  dmesg         dmesg.1.gz  dpkg.log
> kern.log  lastlog    mail.log  syslog  ufw.log  upstart
> Has something changed, and the images no longer include tor on start-up (I made
> sure I followed the gist of the cloud.torproject.org steps, given that the
> interface has changed significantly; even went to the previous page from the
> linked one to check that the AMI thing mentioned tor)? I've noticed various
> people have posted online saying it's not safe to run Tor on cloud services -
> has the image been deleted because of this? I wanted to try it anyway because
> the main torproject website still says in several places that running a relay
> on AWS is A Good Thing.
> Or did I just do something wrong?
> Best wishes,
> allicoder.
> --
> PGP key available on request
> _______________________________________________
> tor-relays mailing list
> tor-relays at lists.torproject.org
> https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tor-relays

More information about the tor-relays mailing list