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[tor-talk] Persistent Tor start in Tails vs location aware Tor entry guards (LATEG)


Unless I missed something, right now the entry guard
concept is not explained nor advertised to the user at

That is correct (:

As a user of Tor Browser or Tails, the only wait to
learn about entry guards is, first to be aware
of this behavior of Tor, and then to infer its status
from the Tor Browser circuit view or Vidalia in Tails.

Even then, the FAQ is the place they end up before bothering developers for more info.

location and entry guard

No clear definition here, either, only context.

I'll keep this idea in mind while working on

Upon request for more detailed information, George Kadianakis awesomely shared these:





And said: "Unfortunately, there are not many resources about how Tor is picking guards. The source code and the emails above are your best bet. We hope that with proposal 259 we will formalize this part of Tor further and make it easier to analyze and reason about."

I have been reading as much as I can to understand, for the startup process, of course (:

It seems that wiping the contents of the 'state' file and restarting Tor forces a new guard selection.

And then there is this, where someone received similar info:

There are two more interesting reads there.


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