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Re: vanishing HSDIR flags

Hi Sebastian,
     Thanks for responding.
     On  Sat, 21 Aug 2010 15:17:19 +0200 Sebastian Hahn <mail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>On Aug 21, 2010, at 1:49 PM, Scott Bennett wrote:
>>     Yesterday (Friday) the number of relays given HSDir flags by the
>> directory authorities was reduced by a bit more than 50% from only a
>> day earlier.  My node, MYCROFTsOtherChild, was and still is among the
>> bereft.  This same situation happened a couple of weeks ago, also
>> affecting my node.  That time the flag reappeared several hours after
>> I first noticed what had happened.  This time the flag is still  
>> missing.
>>     It is not obvious to me why the HSDir flag has been stripped from
>> so many relays, especially relays that have, like mine, been up and
>> running for weeks since the last restart.  Has a bug been triggered in
>> the authority code?
>Apparently enough authorities have upgraded to See
>the changelog for details.
     Yes, I see that entry now in the Changelog, although I don't see the
reasoning behind it.  HSDir requests differ in just about every imaginable
way from ordinary directory requests.  The protocol is different, the
HSDir entry format is different, the request frequency is lower by orders
of magnitude, the requests are--or at least as I recall--intended to be
handled over internal circuits rather than via a DirPort, and so on.  I
just don't see any reason to tie the HSDir service to the presence/absence
of a DirPort.
     Also, given the switch from decentralized traffic distribution to
centralized traffic distribution in recent tor versions, nodes advertising
throughput capacities of, say, 49 KB/s or less (I don't really know where
the curve becomes steeper) get little use already.  Given that DirPort is
ignored when the advertised throughput capacity is less than 50 KB/s, tying
HSDir service to the presence/absence of an active DirPort means that
relatively unused relays cannot even help out with handling the trivial
traffic volume of HSDir requests.  Doesn't that seem rather counterproductive?

                                  Scott Bennett, Comm. ASMELG, CFIAG
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