[tor-relays] Tor automatic restart

s7r s7r at sky-ip.org
Mon Oct 11 18:34:55 UTC 2021


I don't see the problem in being How to automatically restart Tor. The 
base problem is, why do you need to restart it regularly or at every x 

I mean, I only restart my Tor when I apply updates to Tor or to the 
operating system, etc. -- otherwise it works fine. If something hangs 
your Tor process and you need to restart it, you have to determine the 
cause of that.

What OS and which version, hardware and setup (bare metal, virtual 
machine) do you use?
What are the system resources (CPU,RAM,HDD/SSD,Bandwidth)?
How did you install Tor? Package manager or other method?
What is your soft and hard max open files limit?

Keifer Bly wrote:
> No. I have no other processes running on the vps. The OS Debian Linux is 
> running the newest version, it seems something is causing the tor 
> process to get hung up once a month. Will take a look at that, thanks.
> --Keifer
> On Sun, Oct 10, 2021 at 10:04 AM Tor Manager <tor at ibiblio.org 
> <mailto:tor at ibiblio.org>> wrote:
>     On Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 4:48:47 AM UTC-4 Keifer Bly wrote:
>         I am wondering, is there a way configure tor (via the torrc
>         file) to restart automatically once a month? Thank you.
>     Before you implement a time-based service restart, you may wish to
>     check that your OS and hardware (eg. firmware) are as up to date as
>     you can reasonably make them. It strikes me as odd that you would
>     have that instability that would require such a service restart. Do
>     you have other services running? Are you running any sort of system
>     monitoring that would tell you about issues with RAM or persistent
>     storage?
>     With that said, I have used monit[0] in the past to bring services
>     back up when a test fails, though never tor. Note that my go-to if I
>     were going to implement monit would be to have a service check, and
>     not restart on a time basis, but rather on a threshold or
>     reachability basis. Eg. if you were going to use monit with a
>     webapp, Id suggest you have a page in the style of
>     https://example.org/webapp/monit-check/
>     <https://example.org/webapp/monit-check/> that must load the app
>     runtime, and then have monit restart everything involved in the app
>     if that page load takes more than 15 seconds. In your case that
>     might look like installing nyx[1] and having a wrapper script that
>     checks with nyx and has a non-zero exit you can have monit act on.
>     Cheers,
>     --
>     ibiblio Tor Manager
>     [0] https://mmonit.com/monit/documentation/monit.html
>     <https://mmonit.com/monit/documentation/monit.html>
>     [1] https://nyx.torproject.org/ <https://nyx.torproject.org/>

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