Opened 5 years ago

Closed 23 months ago

#16454 closed defect (fixed)

chutney's "tor does not support this option" is unclear

Reported by: teor Owned by:
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Core Tor/Chutney Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tor-chutney-usability
Cc: Actual Points:
Parent ID: #27912 Points: .2
Reviewer: Sponsor: SponsorS-can


A user emailed me concerned that chutney was giving a lot of "tor does not support this option" errors.

These messages could be much clearer:

  • The message is a warning, not an error
  • The message doesn't describe the likely consequences. We could document these, at least for the 3 TestingDirAuthVote* options

I also wrote back to them:

This is a warning that happens when you have an older version of tor. It is telling you that your version of tor doesn't support one of the options used in the standard chutney torrc templates. Chutney warns you, but disables the option so that tor will still run.

This particular option is used to speed up the authorities' votes for hidden service directories. If you are running a chutney network with a hidden service, you can speed up bootstrap by using tor or tor 0.2.7-alpha.

If you're not using hidden services, you can disregard this warning.

Thank you for letting me know, I will log a task to update the documentation to make it clearer that this is a warning, and explain the likely consequence.

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comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by teor

I've also just noticed the warning (in their email) about TestingDirAuthVoteExit.
This option is fairly important.

Depending on your version of tor, and the exact configuration of your chutney network, the network could:

  • take up to 30 minutes to bootstrap and stabilise (if at least one exit is an authority or has AssumeReachable set)
  • never bootstrap (if there are no exits that are authorities or have AssumeReachable set)

To overcome this issue, please set:
AssumeReachable 1
in your relay and exit torrc templates.

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by nickm

Keywords: tor-chutney-usability added

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by nickm

Points: .2
Severity: Normal

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by nickm

Sponsor: SponsorS-can

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by nickm

Owner: nickm deleted
Status: newassigned

Remove myself as chutney ticket owner. Default owners are trouble.

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by nickm

Status: assignednew

comment:7 Changed 2 years ago by teor

Parent ID: #27912

This is fixed in #27912

comment:8 Changed 23 months ago by teor

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Fixed in bbf3036 in master.

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