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Re: [tor-talk] Running a Tor node on a Rasberry Pi

I'm running a tor exit on a very new Raspberry Pi B+ node and I just posted a message about it here 2 days ago wondering if it was perhaps under powered for the job.

Here are my quick thoughts:

1: I'm still trying to prove if the Pi is underpowered. I got the 'stable' flag back and now I'm starting to think it was either a glitch or perhaps the Pi can't handle dual duty running both Tor and the arm monitoring tool 24x7. Load goes down appreciably when I quit 'arm'. The node has earned stable/exit/valid/fast/hs2dir etc. flags but it's only been online for a short time. One reason I think it may still be underpowered is that it's averaging about 1Mb/sec up and down despite my bandwidth limit settings being quite a bit higher. If the Pi turns out to be underpowered I'll put new hardware in

For your other questions

- It's very easy to get a distribution running on the Pi. Just look at http://www.raspbian.org/ -- there is an installer image linked off of that site -- if you drop it onto your flash card the system will boot, install and auto configure itself all automatically via DHCP with no human interaction. About 12 minutes after you power the thing on you have a usable debian based system

- I could not easily find/use the debs that everybody talked about so I just built tor from source. It was trivially easy to do and built without errors

Long story short -- getting a usable distribution on the PI is easy, compiling Tor on the Pi is easy and my only longer term worry is that the hardware itself is not powerful enough for my own particular use case (tor exit node on a somewhat decent business-class broadband circuit).

silence_eternal@xxxxxxx <mailto:silence_eternal@xxxxxxx>
December 25, 2014 at 9:45 PM
I've been very interested recently with this idea of running a Tor
server on one of these.A Raspberry Pi is a great little computer, and
cheap as well, going for only around $40 for a Model B with a micro
usb power cable and a micro sd card.With its low power draw and size,
it has great potential for an unobtrusive Tor server you can simply
keep in a cabinet or a small dyi case.I would love to be able to use
it to run a Tor relay or exit node. However, I'm not as able with
compiling and scripting as many of you, so I cannot easily do this.
I would like to be able to have a distribution that could run on one
of these RPi's. That would entail a very low usage of resources and
compatible with an ARM processor.It wouldn't need any services or
processes such as web browsing or even a GUI (but it would be handy
for debugging).SSH would be wonderful so one could control it from
their desktop (or even phone!)I would simply like to be able to image
the distro onto a micro sd card, plug it into the RPi, and boot
it.And, without any further user action, the RPi would start the Tor
Now I understand there is already some packages already that do some
of these.
Tor-ramdisk (http://opensource.dyc.edu/tor-ramdisk) is a nice little
Tor server that live-boots into RAM. However, I believe it requires
some user interaction to set up on boot.Also, there aren't any
versions that work with ARM processor architecture. I've emailed the
creator and talked with him about porting it to ARM and I believe he
is working on it.
I recently just heard about the Cipollini project
(https://github.com/gordon-morehouse/cipollini).This build seems to be
more of what I'm looking for, but I haven't exactly figured out how to
use it.Its also currently in the pre-alpha stages.
Can anyone give me any help/tips/comments/feedback on resources or
ideas or such?I would greatly appreciate it.
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