Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#23119 new enhancement

Make Tors no longer warn if they're running a newer-than-recommended version?

Reported by: arma Owned by:
Priority: Medium Milestone: Tor: unspecified
Component: Core Tor/Tor Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: weasel, sebastian Actual Points:
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Right now, we need to get three dir auths to add lines to their torrc files before we can put out a new release. Sometimes, we screw that up (#23118). The rest of the time, it's still a hassle.

One option is just to drop the recommendedversions thing entirely. I heard Sebastian and weasel discussing doing that.

An intermediate option would be to have Tors stop warning when they're running a newer version in a series. That is, we mostly focus on having the recommendedversions thing warn you when you're too old, and we stop minding when we're too new.

That way the dir auths only need to mess with their recommendedversions config when they're *un*recommending a version, which is an active decision that it's reasonable for directory authority operators to take. They never need to mess with them when some newer thing comes out (which should not need to involve a dir auth operator).

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comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by arma

Cc: weasel sebastian added

I am cc'ing weasel and sebastian so they can say "yes, this would help me".

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by arma

We would want to update Atlas, and other tools, so they don't write a scary "not recommended" next to relays that are running newer-than-recommended versions. But we probably want to make that change to atlas anyway.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by Sebastian

I don't think we should do this. We need more precise information about which versions to actually *unrecommend* and do that quickly, then I'm more willing to add new recommended versions quickly. Probably the right way is to actually stop recommending anything in the consensus and just letting distributions and autoupdaters deal with it.

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by dgoulet

Milestone: Tor: unspecified
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