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Re: Weird-looking circuits in Vidalia

--- arma@xxxxxxx wrote:

From: Roger Dingledine <arma@xxxxxxx>
To: or-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Weird-looking circuits in Vidalia
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 16:53:12 -0400

On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 01:41:51PM -0700, ZiM wrote:
> When I started up the newly installed Tor r14114 for first
>time, in addition to the typical Guardnode1,Nodename2,Nodename3 circuits,
>some weird lines ones below appeared in the Vidalia circuits list.
> $F5EE4F21D...
> $38014A01C...
> I copied only first few characters to this message. Those look like raw
>Tor node fingerprints or something. They disappeared after Tor had been
>running for a while. Is this some new feature, Vidalia bug or something
>weird going on?

They're caused by a new Tor feature. Starting with Tor,
Tor does encrypted directory requests rather than plaintext (http)
directory requests. These show up in the Vidalia circuit list as a bunch
of one-hop circuits, since in reality that's what they are.

I wonder if Vidalia should hide these one-hop circuits from the user? Or
maybe users in the future will get used to seeing them in the list?


Ok, thanks for the info! How about replacing these strings with text like <Directory Request> in future? That would be be little more descriptive.