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Re: exit node only server

This is where I get to thinking that a balancing act between client use and exit use should have been designed in, much like the tit-for-tat algorithm built into bittorrent. Sure, anybody can build their own app to cheat the protocol, but the majority will just install what's easiest to find, provided it works for them.

Having users provide exit nodes by default would certainly have improved availability of the lean resources we seem to be suffering from now.

Nato Welch

Martin Balvers wrote:
On Wed, Mar 02, 2005 at 10:13:29PM +0100, Martin Balvers wrote:


I was wondering if it was possible to setup a Tor server that is only
used as an exit node?

Interesting question! Right now, you can set up a Tor server that is *never* used as an exit node (i.e., a middleman server), but there isn't any supported way to make sure that your server is *only* used as an exit node.

Why would you want to do this?

Nick Mathewson

My server uses about a 100 kb/s but i guess a big part of the bandwidth is
used for middleman or entry node activities.
Since there are an increasing number of server ops that change their
server from an exit node to a middleman node, the stress on the remaining
exit nodes increases.

Maybe the latency of the network can improve if we have exclusive exit nodes.
I have no idea if this will work. I don't know where or what the current
bottleneck of the network is.
I was just wondering how much traffic my server would generate if it were
only used as an exit node.

There are times that I’m so frustrated with the Tor network that I stop
using it because it is almost impossible to load any page.
I guess that if we have 1000 servers instead of 100 it will all be better,
but that will take a long time... (But then the number of users will have
increased proportionally, so...)