[tor-relays] Thoughts and insight before bridge moving

William Kane ttallink at googlemail.com
Tue Mar 9 18:14:29 UTC 2021

That's the one I meant, thanks.


2021-03-08 19:08 GMT, Eddie <stunnel at attglobal.net>:
> As well as the keys, be sure to also move/copy the pt_state folder and
> contents.
> Cheers.
> 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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