[tor-relays] Setting up tor relay

Jonathan Marquardt mail at parckwart.de
Wed May 23 07:07:23 UTC 2018

On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 10:48:10AM +0530, Yash Kumar wrote:
>  I want to setup my machine as a tor relay. I am using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on
> a Intel i5 processor with 4 GB of memory.
> I followed the instructions given on this link
> <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorRelayGuide>, but was
> getting some issue. In one of the later steps, it says "Verify that your
> relay works". This is done by checking my logfile(syslog) contains the
> following text:
> "Self-testing indicates your ORPort is reachable from the outside.
> Excellent. Publishing server descriptor."
> I checked the syslog by the command:
> $ cat /var/log/syslog
> To bring it to your knowledge, I have followed all the previous steps
> mentioned on that link
> <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorRelayGuide>, and was
> successfully able to execute all the commands. I would request you to
> please help me out in setting up my machine as  a relay to make tor network
> faster and more usable.


first of all: Thanks for your efforts.

Although you didn't actually mention it, I'll assume that you didn't find the 
"Self-testing" line in /var/log/syslog. Is that correct? If so, please check 
first whether Tor has started at all by running the following command:

$ sudo systemctl status tor

Please copy the output of that command.

Alternatively, maybe also the following happened to you when you wanted to 
check whether your relay works:

$ cat /var/log/syslog
cat: /var/log/syslog: Permission denied

If that's the case, please retry with:

$ sudo cat /var/log/syslog

If I didn't cover your problem here, please be more specific in what actually 
doesn't work.
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