[tor-relays] Trouble Running Middle Relay On Google Cloud Debian VBS

Keifer Bly keifer.bly at gmail.com
Thu May 16 05:26:25 UTC 2019

Hi all,

So I am starting a new middle relay using a VPS hosted on Google Cloud
running Debian. though the relay is running, it is not appearing in the
consensus after 10 hours. Here is the tor log, any thoughts on what is
going on would be greatly appreciated thank you.

May 15 18:23:47.096 [notice] Opening OR listener on
May 15 18:23:47.000 [notice] Parsing GEOIP IPv4 file /usr/share/tor/geoip.
May 15 18:23:47.000 [notice] Parsing GEOIP IPv6 file /usr/share/tor/geoip6.
May 15 18:23:47.000 [notice] Configured to measure statistics. Look for the
*-stats files that will first be written to the data directory in 24 hours
from now.
May 15 18:23:47.000 [warn] You are running Tor as root. You don't need to,
and you probably shouldn't.
May 15 18:23:47.000 [notice] Your Tor server's identity key fingerprint is
'torworld 3A4E582092E7C6B822EC01F4D76F680F6C65B0A2'
May 15 18:23:47.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 0%: Starting
May 15 18:23:50.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 80%: Connecting to the Tor network
May 15 18:23:51.000 [notice] Guessed our IP address as
May 15 18:23:52.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 85%: Finishing handshake with
first hop
May 15 18:23:52.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 90%: Establishing a Tor circuit
May 15 18:23:53.000 [notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. Looks
like client functionality is working.
May 15 18:23:53.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done
May 15 18:23:53.000 [notice] Now checking whether ORPort is reachable... (this may take up to 20 minutes --
look for log messages indicating success)
May 15 18:23:54.000 [notice] Self-testing indicates your ORPort is
reachable from the outside. Excellent.
May 15 18:23:56.000 [notice] Performing bandwidth self-test...done.
May 16 00:23:50.000 [notice] Heartbeat: It seems like we are not in the
cached consensus.
May 16 00:23:50.000 [notice] Heartbeat: Tor's uptime is 5:59 hours, with 0
circuits open. I've sent 789 kB and received 7.41 MB.
May 16 00:23:50.000 [notice] Average packaged cell fullness: 100.000%. TLS
write overhead: 27%
May 16 00:23:50.000 [notice] Circuit handshake stats since last time: 0/0
TAP, 6/6 NTor.
May 16 00:23:50.000 [notice] Since startup, we have initiated 0 v1
connections, 0 v2 connections, 0 v3 connections, and 8 v4 connections; and
received 1 v1 connections, 0 v2 connections, 0 v3 connections, and 6 v4
May 16 00:23:50.000 [notice] DoS mitigation since startup: 0 circuits
rejected, 0 marked addresses. 0 connections closed. 0 single hop clients
May 16 00:58:51.000 [warn] Received http status code 404 ("Not found") from
server '' while fetching consensus directory.

I also had another thing I wanted to ask. I am working on a crontab script
to automatically update and restart the tor relay once a month
automatically, as I am already running a bridge on another network that
needs to be updated manually.

Does this script look like it would get the job done? I don't have much
experience with crontab.

# m h  dom mon dow   command

0 0 1 * * apt-get update apt update && apt install -y --only-upgrade tor
killall tor tor
root at instance-1:/home/keifer_bly#

Thank you very much.
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