Lunar: > anonymous: >> I would like to use the Tor broswer along with the tor and tor-arm >> packages from the Debian repo. > > I don't really understand why add extra complications and not directly > use the Tor Browser Bundle. Why is preventing you from using the bundled > Tor instance? > > You can use tor-arm with the Tor Browser Bundle. Just issue > `arm -i 9151` on a command-line. > >> In the past it has been possible to do so by disabling the >> tor-launcher in the start-tor-broswer script, but this no longer >> works. > > You should be able to set the environment variable `TOR_SKIP_LAUNCH=1`, > like: > > TOR_SKIP_LAUNCH=1 ./start-tor-browser > >> Can someone please explain to me what the base tor package has to do >> with Firefox add-ons and how this would be different between debian >> and the bundle? > > Removing or adding add-ons from the Tor Browser might give to your own > browser a specific fingerprint. > >> Also, isn't it hypocritical to suggest users run a tor relay from the >> debian package while using the TBB for browsing alongside as well? > > Why would it be a problem? > >> I seem to recall the project frowning upon Tor over Tor situations in >> the past, but perhaps this has changed. > > Running two instances of the tor daemon on one system will not create a > Tor over Tor situation. There's just two distinct tor daemons. One > acting as an “Onion Proxy”, the other as an “Onion Router”. > > > thank you for the response lunar. The skip command will indeed open the browser but it doesn't play nicely with about:tor or the torbutton, so I am no longer comfortable with this. > I don't really understand why add extra complications and not directly > use the Tor Browser Bundle. Why is preventing you from using the bundled Tor instance? This release is drastically different from the previous Vidalia bundled ones. In the past I have always found running both monitors together to be overkill and unnecessarily taxing on my aging desktop relay. However, since manually killing Vidalia is no longer a concern I would agree that there seems to be no benefit to this approach. Also, I have been using the apt repo for so long now I never learned that arm command, so thank you for that!
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