[tor-talk] TBB - Correct/proper use of TOR_SKIP_LAUNCH=1 ?
lunar at torproject.org
Thu Mar 20 04:29:12 UTC 2014
> From here:
> we see addition of
> command line option to effect start-tor-browser.
> My questions all assume using TBB.
TOR_SKIP_LAUNCH was designed for Whonix and Tails use cases. For both
the tor daemon is started independently of the Tor Browser. For the
former on a different host and for the latter under a different system
> Q1) When is it sensible to use the above TOR_SKIP_LAUNCH=1 option?
> For example:
> - when connecting to local always-on relay?
> - when connecting to local sometimes-on relay?
> - when connecting to ones own 'cloud' relay via VPN?
> - when connecting to ones own physical host relay via VPN?
> - when connecting to a friend's home host relay via VPN?
None of the above. What is the problem of running tor locally?
> Q2) When connecting to a trusted friend's relay via VPN, […]
Why would you want to do that instead of using a (private) bridge?
> Q5) When connecting to a trusted friend's relay via the open Internet,
> is this what's called using the relay as a "bridge"?
Using a relay as a bridge is when you configure a public Tor relay
instead of an unlisted bridge as one of tor bridges. There are very few
use cases where it makes sense. See “Bridge” and “UseBridge” in tor(1)
Lunar <lunar at torproject.org>
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