[tor-relays] Guard node configuration?

Roger Dingledine arma at mit.edu
Sun Apr 22 00:10:58 UTC 2018

On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 04:51:19PM -0400, Gabe D. wrote:
> Hi guys. I've a relay running on Tor. It's an exit node now. And I noticed it has an entry guard flag which is great. But probability of it being an entry relay is 0%. How can I utilise this server to be an entry relay? How does one configure this and how does it work?

Thanks for running an exit relay!

Exit relays are especially important these days because as you noticed the
proportion of relays (by capacity) that allow exits is low enough that the
network weights arrange for exit relays to be used in the exit position
and not other positions, so we can maximize the benefit we get from them.

That is, if your relay has both the Guard flag and the Exit flag, clients
will avoid using it for their entry point because they expect that *other*
clients will be using it much more urgently as their exit point.

And I think that's great and desirable -- we need both guards and exits,
but we need exits more urgently with the current network.


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