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[tor-talk] does tor-browser not use some country exits with some guards?

I hope I didn't already submit this question & forgot.

I'd been using TBB 8.0.3 a while - now in 8.0.4 (Linux).
A retail site said it couldn't deal with anyone outside the US.
It assumed from my exit node, I wasn't in the US.

So, modified the torrc file - which had a fairly long list of countries for ExitNodes {xx},{yy} (examples) specified to use. Another 5 or 6 countries were under ExcludeExitNodes {aa},{bb} (examples), but not US.

I commented out all lines of the existing ExitNodes (and moved them near end of the file).
Then, added: ExitNodes {us}

The country {us} wasn't in any other active, non-commented lines.
But after re-reading what I already knew about specifying exit nodes, TBB refused to use exits in the US.
This was the edited torrc file:
DataDirectory ~/.torbrowser/tor-browser_en-US/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Tor
GeoIPFile ~/.torbrowser/tor-browser_en-US/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Tor/geoip GeoIPv6File ~/.torbrowser/tor-browser_en-US/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Tor/geoip6
ExitNodes {us}

ExcludeExitNodes {ca},{nz},{gb},{fr},{uk}
#ExitNodes {au},{at},{be} [and many others]
It never would use any US exits - not by restarting or get-new-circuit or get-new-identity.
I'm positive the torrc syntax & spacing was correct.

Maybe because of the current Entry Guard's country location (Germany)?
Possibly a problem using an entry & exit - both in the "5 eyes" group? :)

When I reinstalled TBB to a new directory, started TBB once, then closed; added ExitNodes {us} in torrc again - same as before, but didn't have the commented out lines from the previous TBB installation, *then it used US exits.*  But, the guard's country was now different, due to a new TBB installation (no longer Germany).

I'm not sure if the problem was due to some Entry Guard + ExitNode combination, or something in the old torrc file it just didn't like?
This is the new torrc:
# This file was generated by Tor; if you edit it, comments will not be preserved # The old torrc file was renamed to torrc.orig.1 or similar, and Tor will ignore it

DataDirectory ~/.torbrowser/torbrowser-test/tor-browser_en-US/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Tor GeoIPFile ~/.torbrowser/torbrowser-test/tor-browser_en-US/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Tor/geoip GeoIPv6File ~/.torbrowser/torbrowser-test/tor-browser_en-US/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Tor/geoip6

ExitNodes {us}

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