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Re: problem with connecting to a hidden service

On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 01:28:02PM -0700, Kyle Williams wrote:
> This is the nature of a over saturated network.

Actually, I don't think the Tor network is as oversatured as we think.
I think it's just massively unbalanced.

See sections 2 and 4 of

> Hidden services seem spotty to me too, but their's not much I can do about
> it except try again and be patient.

I think there's a real bug here. I've been playing with it on and off. I
think that when Tor has a rendezvous circuit that it thinks it should
like, and suddenly changes its mind, then it discards that circuit and
starts working on a new one (which is good), but at the same time it
closes the socks stream (which is bad).

Fixing that bug, if it turns out to actually be a bug, would mean that
hidden services are dirt slow when making the initial connection (until
we make Tor itself faster at least), but they're not as flaky as they
currently appear.