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- Subject: Re: Vidalia
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--- Charles Finley <vikingserver2006@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In my opinion Vidalia has too many bugs to be
> released in a package that is supposed to be stable.
Can you describe these bugs?
I run Windows XP Home and Vidalia v.0.0.4 has shown
zero bugs so far. TorCP on the other hand was pretty
buggy, especially when you used it to configure a
server (it crashed everytime).
> I immediately went back to using TorCP, as it is
> stable and predictable.
See my statment above.
> Vidalia messed up me server settings, and my
> comments I had made in the torrc file.
When Vidalia starts for the first time it reads your
torrc and imports your config settings into a new
'torrc' file it creates. Your original torric is now
called 'torrc.orig.x' (where 'x' is most likly '1').
The new torrc file uses all the settings from your
original torrc (which were imported by Vidalia).
When you use Vidalia to cinfigure Tor (ie. to become a
server) Vidalia updates the torrc file it created with
this new configuration setting.
Registry keys are also used by Vidalia in Windows XP
save configuration settings. When you configure
Vidalia two reg keys are updated (along with the
torrc). These reg keys only contain configurations
supported through Vidalia (eg. no 'bandwith rate
limiting', this would be in the torrc).
Vidalia seems to use these keys as a 'master' config
setting and as a 'backup' for the torrc. If the torrc
uses the server nic "A" and the reg keys use server
nic "B" Vidalia will use server nic "B".
> Vidalia has the potential to become a good program,
> but the decicion to include an unstable release of
I am very happy with Vidalia and I like where it is
going; v.0.0.5 looks good. The creator of Vidalia is
open to suggestions and feature requests.
I requested a feature in Vidalia that shows your
private (local) and public (exit node) IP addresses
when you mouse over the system tray icon. Within an
hour the author of Vidalia wrote to me and said he
would impliment this in v.0.0.5.
> [snip]...together with a stable release of TOR
> wasn't very smart, in my opinion.
Tor is not stable and will not be stable for a long
Hell, the first Tor GUI I uses was called "TorControl"
and then came "TorCP" and now "Vidalia". I must say
with each succession the GUI's have progressed leaps
and bounds. IMO Vidalia is a great GUI with alot of
potential and an author who is very motivated.
> Also, it would be good to know why a GUI to TOR is
> called Vidalia? Where is the connection between the
Vidalia is an onion. Tor is a client/server program
which uses the Onoin Route II to anonymize/secure
The connection lies in that Vidalia is an onion and
Vidalia is used to control Tor which utilizes the
Onion Route II.
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