getinfo circuit-status

Damian Johnson atagar1 at
Sun Feb 14 00:04:07 UTC 2010

Not sure about the first question (my guess would be either multiple
circuits are built for added bandwidth or for complimentary exit
policies - docs or someone else could answer this).

As for the second question, I'm assuming that entries using nickname
(verses a fingerprint like
"$4F0826FA4C325C3CAA0054A6E023E566302C20C7") have the named flag and
hence won't have a problem with ambiguity. Unfortunately the
control-spec is a little tight lipped on this point so don't blame you
for wondering about it. Cheers! -Damian

On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:21 PM, Nico Weinreich <info at> wrote:
> Hi,
> when interacting with tor control I can get the circuit with command
> "getinfo circuit-status". What's a bit confusing for me, there are more than
> one circuits:
> getinfo circuit-status
> 250+circuit-status=
> 51 BUILT rueckgrat,myrnaloy,$2DDAC53D4E7A556483ACE6859A57A63849F2C4F6
> 50 BUILT Freedom,nixnix,$4744AD962D32A11CD7CF4513617FAC33B339806B
> 15 BUILT HW2,$4F0826FA4C325C3CAA0054A6E023E566302C20C7,RainCloud
> 14 BUILT Freedom,SuperDave,bp1 PURPOSE=GENERAL
> So I have two questions:
> -which circuit does tor use (is it alway the circuit with the highest
> number?)
> -is there a way to get this nodes always as fingerprint (for example, there
> are many nodes with name "idideditheconfig" and how do I know which one is
> it when the node is listed in plain text?)
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