[tor-relays] Overloaded state indicator on relay-search

Andreas Kempe kempe at lysator.liu.se
Fri Oct 1 01:08:20 UTC 2021

Hello David!

On Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 08:22:08AM -0400, David Goulet wrote:
> On 24 Sep (12:36:17), lists at for-privacy.net wrote:
> > On Thursday, September 23, 2021 3:39:08 PM CEST Silvia/Hiro wrote:
> > 
> > > When a relay is in the overloaded state we show an amber dot next to the
> > > relay nickname.
> > Nice thing. This flag has noticed me a few days ago.
> > 
> > > If you noticed your relay is overloaded, please check the following
> > > support article to find out how you can recover to a "normal" state:
> > > 
> > >     https://support.torproject.org/relay-operators/relay-bridge-overloaded/
> > 
> > A question about Enabling Metricsport. Is definitely Prometheus necessary?
> > Or can the Metrics Port write into a LogFile / TextFile?
> The output format is Prometheus but you don't need a prometheus server to get
> it.
> Once opened, you can simply fetch it like this:
>   wget http://<IP_OF_METRICSPORT>:<METRICS_PORT>/metrics -O /tmp/output.txt
>   or
>   curl http://<IP_OF_METRICSPORT>:<METRICS_PORT>/metrics -o /tmp/output.txt

I've only ever gotten an empty reply when trying to extract metrics
and I still do on Tor 4.6.7. I have some vague memory of the metrics
previously only being for hidden services.

All the metrics mentioned in the overload guide[1] seem to be missing.
Having a quick look at the Git repository, it seems that only
0.4.71-alpha and latest master contain the necessary changes for these

Is my assumption correct or am I doing something wrong?

Andreas Kempe

[1]: https://support.torproject.org/relay-operators/relay-bridge-overloaded/
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