Tor relay server

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Running a non-exit tor server using debian linux is realy easy and should be done whenever possible.

Installing the package:

apt-get install tor
/etc/init.d/tor stop

It's better to stop the service, because the default would be to run an exit server. You might not want to do that!

Update the file /etc/tor/torrc with these settings:

ORPort 9001
ExitPolicy reject *:*
Nickname example
RelayBandwidthRate 100 KB
RelayBandwidthBurst 200 KB
AccountingMax 100 GB
AccountingStart month 1 00:00
ContactInfo Some name <>

That should be enough for running a small volume tor server. Feel free to adapt the amount of GBytes to your hosting contract.

After restarting the tor service, monitor the log under /var/log/tor/log for the following last lines:

Now checking whether ORPort x.x.x.x:9001 is reachable... (this may take up to 20 minutes -- look for log messages indicating success)
Self-testing indicates your ORPort is reachable from the outside. Excellent. Publishing server descriptor.
Performing bandwidth self-test...done.