[tor-relays] Thoughts and insight before bridge moving

Eddie stunnel at attglobal.net
Mon Mar 8 19:08:43 UTC 2021

As well as the keys, be sure to also move/copy the pt_state folder and 


On 3/8/2021 8:07 AM, William Kane wrote:
> Hi,
> Every bridge is useful, and a possible chance for a tor user to
> circumvent censorship, you can't possibly know which bridges are
> already blocked for a user, so every bridge in the network counts  -
> looking at your graphs, on average 50 people are connected to it,
> compared to other bridges, that's a lot of users - if you move your
> bridge, make sure to keep / back up the private signing keys, the
> bridge related data (it's a separate folder inside the DataDirectory)
> and if possible, the IP address it's running under, if you lose either
> of them, you will lose all your clients which trust and possibly rely
> on you, the bridge operator, to continue operations.
> More information on moving tor nodes can be found here:
> https://2019.www.torproject.org/docs/faq.html.en#UpgradeOrMove
> Regards,
> William
> 2021-03-07 10:35 GMT, a tor op <atorop at protonmail.ch>:
>> Hello
>> I was thinking of perhaps asking and checking if the list has some comments
>> on thoughts I have.
>> I'm attaching a picture, hope that's not a problem, guess it's better than
>> providing a URL to a file upload place (or maybe that's ok too?).
>> I've been running a TOR bridge node for some years and need to rebuild/move
>> it.
>> For some time I wasn't sure how useful it was, whether or not it contributed
>> in a useful way and I don't think it still has all the flags it could/should
>> have?
>> So, for you around here with an even deeper experience of the network,
>> looking at the stats, are there any particular insights that can be drawn
>> from there? Is it a useful bridge, stats that could or should look
>> differently, anything else?
>> BTW, there's a huge spike in connections on 9 Aug -20 (and there's been
>> similar occasions earlier too) does that coincide with known attacks on the
>> network or what?
>> I guess, should I want to continue providing service, that it's useful or
>> possibly preferred to move over the keys/config (?) to indicate same admin
>> (and for users if there's no noticeable interruption the move won't even be
>> noticed I suppose).
>> TIA,
>> a tor op
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