Opened 7 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#2970 closed enhancement (fixed)

Ambiguity for torrc setting(s) *StrictNodes between FAQ and Tor dev manual

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Description

Tor project FAQ entry "Can I control which nodes (or country) are used for entry/exit?" states if one so chooses one should use StrictEntryNodes 1 for EntryNodes and StrictExitNodes 1 for ExitNodes. However, the Tor Man Page for the development version states one would use StrictNodes 1 for both StrictEntryNodes and StrictExitNodes.

I realize the Tor FAQ is referring to the stable version of Tor, but that fact is not clear and may be confusing to some people. Maybe it would be helpful to make a note in the FAQ entry that the settings are for use with the stable version? Granted this sentence from the FAQ entry "We recommend you do not use these — they are intended for testing and may disappear in future versions." seems to make an attempt to warn users but I think a more clear explanation may be helpful.

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comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by phobos

Owner: phobos deleted
Status: newassigned

I don't know what to do with this, so I'm throwing back out for grabs.

comment:2 in reply to:  description Changed 5 years ago by littlebohemian

Cc: exexpat2@… added

Replying to HG2G:

Tor project FAQ entry "Can I control which nodes (or country) are used for entry/exit?" states if one so chooses one should use StrictEntryNodes 1 for EntryNodes and StrictExitNodes 1 for ExitNodes. However, the Tor Man Page for the development version states one would use StrictNodes 1 for both StrictEntryNodes and StrictExitNodes.

I realize the Tor FAQ is referring to the stable version of Tor, but that fact is not clear and may be confusing to some people. Maybe it would be helpful to make a note in the FAQ entry that the settings are for use with the stable version? Granted this sentence from the FAQ entry "We recommend you do not use these — they are intended for testing and may disappear in future versions." seems to make an attempt to warn users but I think a more clear explanation may be helpful.

I understand that the FAQ incorrectly states that one should use StrictExitNodes instead of StrictNodes. I'm contacting devs to find out whether this applies to both the stable and the testing versions before I update this.

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by arma

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

It looks like the faq entry was updated sometime between then and now. It no longer mentions strictexitnodes at all, and (rightly) no longer mentions strictnodes to be used with exitnodes.

I'm going to call this resolved -- reopen if it isn't.

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