Opened 13 months ago

Last modified 6 months ago

#31982 assigned defect

Make sure GetTor info pages and repositories are self-consistent and clear

Reported by: lwsullivan Owned by: hiro
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/GetTor Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: cohosh, phw, hiro, ggus Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points: 2
Reviewer: Sponsor: Sponsor28

Description (last modified by cohosh)

The Gettor area is a confusing mess of multiple landing pages, multiple repositories, and broken functionality.

The starting point seems to be a blog post from 2016, https://blog.torproject.org/gettor-new-ways-download-tor-browser

That directs to a landing page, https://gettor.torproject.org, which lists options.

But https://thetorproject.github.io/gettor seems to be another landing page with another list of options.

That second landing page only goes up to Tor Browser version 8.0.2, and in any case, the links to download Tor Browser return 404 not found.

It looks like https://github.com/TheTorProject/gettorbrowser is empty.

There is a repository for Gettor https://github.com/TheTorProject/gettor but that has had no commits since 2017.

The similar https://github.com/torproject/gettor has more recent commits but is under an account https://github.com/torproject which is described as "unofficial" repositories.

Child Tickets

TicketStatusOwnerSummaryComponent
#32127newggusTor browser manual section on downloading using gettor is incompleteCommunity/Tor Browser Manual

Change History (9)

comment:1 Changed 13 months ago by gaba

Cc: hiro added
Component: CircumventionApplications/GetTor
Sponsor: Sponsor28

comment:2 Changed 13 months ago by hiro

Owner: set to hiro
Status: newassigned

comment:3 Changed 13 months ago by hiro

Hi,

You are right there are some inconsistencies that we are trying to fix regarding gettor. This is because the project didn't have a maintainer for a long time.

The repository at https://github.com/TheTorProject/gettorbrowser is meant to just store tor browser releases.

TorBrowser releases are stored in a separate branch: https://github.com/TheTorProject/gettorbrowser/tree/torbrowser-releases

Right now this branch is empty for a temporary issue we are having with github. But our other mirrors do contain files.

Here is a list of our current mirrors:

Gitlab: https://gitlab.com/thetorproject/gettorbrowser/tree/torbrowser-releases/

Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/@gettor

Google Drive folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13CADQTsCwrGsIID09YQbNz2DfRMUoxUU

Tor Project official download page is: https://www.torproject.org/download

Gettor code lives on Tor git: https://gitweb.torproject.org/gettor.git

We have also updated the gettor page at https://gettor.torproject.org

Hopefully we will have twitter working again soon. I am not sure we want to maintain the XMPP responder though.

comment:4 in reply to:  description Changed 13 months ago by bluemoon

Checked gettor email. There was a bug such that the links were shown as "None" and the string after "Download the file" at the end was empty. Reported on IRC and was quickly fixed by @hiro.

Replying to lwsullivan:

The Gettor area is a confusing mess of multiple landing pages, multiple repositories, and broken functionality.

The starting point seems to be a blog post from 2016, https://blog.torproject.org/gettor-new-ways-download-tor-browser

That directs to a landing page, https://gettor.torproject.org, which lists options.

But https://thetorproject.github.io/gettor seems to be another landing page with another list of options.

That second landing page only goes up to Tor Browser version 8.0.2, and in any case, the links to download Tor Browser return 404 not found.

It looks like https://github.com/TheTorProject/gettorbrowser is empty.

There is a repository for Gettor https://github.com/TheTorProject/gettor but that has had no commits since 2017.

The similar https://github.com/torproject/gettor has more recent commits but is under an account https://github.com/torproject which is described as "unofficial" repositories.

Also, has anyone actually checked that the email, XMPP, and Twitter responders still work?

comment:5 Changed 13 months ago by cohosh

cc'ing cohosh on open GetTor tickets.

comment:6 Changed 9 months ago by cohosh

Points: 2

comment:7 Changed 9 months ago by cohosh

Cc: ggus added
Description: modified (diff)
Summary: Problems with GettorMake sure GetTor info pages and repositories are self-consistent and clear

Updating the summary of this ticket to reflect the outstanding issues.

From the original description:

Also, has anyone actually checked that the email, XMPP, and Twitter responders still work?

We are deprecating usage of XMPP in favour of newer, more widely used distribution methods, such as:

The Twitter responder is not functioning at the moment and we are working on this issue in another ticket #33036

It looks like https://github.com/TheTorProject/gettorbrowser is empty.

This was an old repository used to distribute tor browser binaries. We should make sure we state clearly in the README what the repositories are for and where to find the binaries.

comment:8 Changed 9 months ago by gaba

Keywords: anti-censorship-roadmap-2020Q1 added; get tor gettor removed

comment:9 Changed 6 months ago by gaba

Keywords: anti-censorship-roadmap-2020Q1 removed

No more Q1 in 2020.

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