bridge relay: GeoIPFile config option

Roger Dingledine arma at
Tue Feb 16 22:25:44 UTC 2010

On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 11:21:56PM +0100, Olaf Selke wrote:
> > The free
> > maxmind one is intentionally crippled, which makes me not so optimistic
> > about its future.
> the free of charge MaxMind's db works perfectly to match the country.
> Determining state/region, city, US postal code, and so on requires the
> non crippled version.

Really? I am under the impression that they have four databases: 1)
crippled (gpl) country db, 2) non-crippled (commercial) country db, 3)
crippled city db, 4) non-crippled city db.

We would use #1, and I'm not sure how that compares in accuracy to #2.
I believe both #1 and #2 are bad at telling you whether an IP address is
located in, say, Tunisia -- after all, Maxmind's customers generally get
no revenue from Tunisia so they don't care whether it's accurate there.

And it's an open question whether #2 is any better than #1 at answering
questions about Tunisia.


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