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Old 01-14-2011, 11:22 PM   #1
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Question Reduce number of tor/vidalia servers used


I'm using tor as a proxy, not for anonymity. Is there a way to set tor to only bounce the connection off 1 computer to greatly improve speeds? If possible, I'd like to do it from the command line. I am using polipo for encryption.

Fedora core 14 Gnome Desktop (info just incase it might help)

If you use ubuntu, answer anyway because I can interpret things like apt-get to mean yum, and such. If you use KDE, please answer with a desktop-independent response (no terms like konsole or kwrite and such).

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Old 01-15-2011, 06:15 AM   #2
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I'm using tor as a proxy, not for anonymity.
TOR has considerable overhead when compared to using a "regular" proxy because of its features. Since you indicate you don't use the OR network for what it is meant for you don't benefit from those features anyway so only the negative performance impact remains. I suggest you use a nearby non-TOR proxy.


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Is there a way to set tor to only bounce the connection off 1 computer to greatly improve speeds?
This depends on what you use TOR for. If you regularly visit one particular server on one port you can use the "MapAddress" directive ('man tor') to link that address to a specific exit server you have determined is fast. Sure there are more directives but it doesn't make sense talking about them until you've posted your torrc file ('grep -v ^# torrc|grep .') and explained what you use TOR for.


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Old 01-15-2011, 09:11 AM   #3
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I suggest you use a nearby non-TOR proxy.
Where could I find one of these?

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...and explained what you use TOR for.
I'm using tor to get past a firewall because it has a blacklist and not a whitelist, and tor servers go up, down, and change so the firewall can't block the tor network.

Note: I need to know the hostname of the server I was connecting to. I was using polipo with tor, so the proxy server hostname was localhost:8118, because that fed connections into tor.

Is there an easy way to find a usable proxy server (with no login).
 
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Circumvention of network restrictions is not a topic for LQ so I, nor anyone else, is allowed to help you with your particular TOR usage.
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Is there an easy way to find a usable proxy server (with no login).
Using a search engine you can find many of them.
 
  


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