Question about some files' function in tor????

Florian Reitmeir florian at
Wed Jan 30 08:42:48 UTC 2008


On Wed, 30 Jan 2008, Jackie wrote:

> I intend to get a router list, so I investigate some temporary files of tor.(My OS is windows vista). Still have some questions needing your help.
> 1.C:\Users\sunchao\AppData\Roaming\Vidalia\geoip-cache (sunchao is my user name)
> Content of this file as follows:
>,Bad Salzuflen,07,DE,52.0833,8.7667:1201672296
> I think it is not router list for some routers' nickname cannot be found here. What is it?

like the file says by its name, its the Vidalia Geo IP Cache, in longer
words: its a file where vidalia stores the location of routers and
destinations, because getting the location is expensive, this information is

> 2. C:\Users\sunchao\AppData\Roaming\tor\cached-routers
> I think it may be the router list stored locally, Two questions: first, how can I distinguish normal nodes from exit nodes? second, what does "reject *:*" mean?

those accept and reject lines define the exit policy, look at:

there is no flag for a tor server "i'm a exit node", "i'm a middle man", tor
simply fetches for all servers the exit policy and trys to find a node which
allows your kind of service, this node becomes _your_ exit node for this

> 3. cached-descriptors (in the same directory as the above one) is similar to cached-routers, I don't know what's difference between them?
> Others files such as cached-certs, cached-consensus, if anyone knows what's their meanings and functions? plz let me know.
> Thanks with my best regards!!!

a look at the manual ..
section: "FILES"

Florian Reitmeir

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