[tor-relays] difficulty installing

potlatch potlatch at protonmail.com
Tue Mar 2 06:47:07 UTC 2021

I've been deploying Tor nodes for over a decade--maybe several dozen or more. I still have ten nodes operating in six developing or smaller countries. Many are exits. Recently, I leased a VPS in a Eastern European country with permission to use it as an exit relay. This brought back some bad memories of a year ago when I last tried to make the Tor software function. The problems then are the problems I have now.
I'm disappointed by the state of the installation packages and documentation these days (since a year ago at least). Tor won't start after the initialization message. But it displays 'If you do want to run an exit Relay, please set the ExitRelay option to 1 to disable this warning, and for forward compatibility'. Where the hell is the Exit Relay option? Then there is the issue of not being able to acquire the Tor keys or for the VPS to find the key-ring. Another message: 'The repository '[https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org](https://ded.torproject.org/torproject.org) stretch InRelease' is not signed. Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use.'
So, is it just that the documentation is messed up or has everyone given up on the Tor project?
Nyx has never completely worked for me. Never with a local config file. I think there are some python utilities that need to be installed to make it work. I never asked but no one ever offered. The documentation is silent regarding this point. The old ARM software would give me an idea of how many file descriptors I was using and if I had provided enough. Arm also filled in the users list with column information instead of providing mostly ????.
I donate regularly to Tor, EFF and Riseup. It's what I believe in. Does Tor need some volunteer help? I can only code python--would that help?
potlatch in WA State

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