[tor-talk] Creation of TOR Linux distribution for relay or server with everything preconfigured

Griffin Boyce griffin at cryptolab.net
Fri Jun 26 09:25:04 UTC 2015

   Most of the configuration (at least in my case) has to do with 
deciding on the right speed for the relay and setting a bandwidth cap.  
And when using a VPS, I set "AccountingMax" and "AccountingStart" to 
stay within my expected billing range.  So I would say that would 
present the biggest issue for me with regards to having optimal settings 
for something preconfigured.

   However, you can make a relay just by configuring your torrc file (in 
/etc/tor) and then restarting tor.  Here's a basic torrc file for a 

Log notice file /var/log/tor/notices.log
RunAsDaemon 1  # Run Tor in the background
DataDirectory /var/lib/tor # required
ORPort 9001 # required
Nickname relayname # Name your relay!
AccountingMax 960 GB # only pass up to 960gb...
AccountingStart month 3 15:00 # ...per month
ExitPolicy reject *:* # no exits allowed

   Once you have your torrc file configured, run the command: sudo -u 
debian-tor tor.

On 2015-06-26 04:37, Ivan Pernar wrote:
> I'm Linux user and I attempted to set up TOR relay or server but I'm
> too unexperianced to do that.
> I tried to youtube to learn but as much as I understand, since end of
> Vidalia, there is no simple (graphical) way to set it up.
> So, as an end user I came up to a fairly simple solution that would in
> the same time remove insecurity (Windows machines as nods) and in the
> same time simplify setting up Tor reley or server.
> And that is following.
> Creation of TOR Linux distribution for relay or server with everything
> preconfigured
> For example, i run unconfigured Ubuntu, If I want to be a reley or
> server I just go to VirtualBox, start Virtualmachine - Tor Linux
> distribution for reley or server and bring up TOR reley or server with
> a click of a mouse. I need not to configure anything becaouse
> distribution has all precofigured, I just need to make it running.
> On that way (with VirtualBox), you could run Linux Tor server or reley
> even within Windows machine.
> What is your view on that issue?
> Do you think it would be to complicated to create such distribution?
> All the best and good luck!

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