Installing Tor

I tried installing Tor through the Ubuntu Software Centre and got this;

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Unpacking libxerces-c28 (from …/libxerces-c28_2.8.0+deb1-2build2_amd64.deb) …
Selecting previously deselected package anon-proxy.
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Processing triggers for man-db …
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Registering documents with scrollkeeper…
Setting up libxerces-c28 (2.8.0+deb1-2build2) …
Setting up anon-proxy (00.05.38+20081230-2) …
chown: cannot access /var/run/anon-proxy': No such file or directory dpkg: error processing anon-proxy (--configure): subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1 No apport report written because MaxReports is reached already Setting up mixmaster (3.0.0-4build1) ... Adding mixmaster user Adding system user mixmaster’ (UID 126) …
Adding new group mixmaster' (GID 127) ... Adding new user mixmaster’ (UID 126) with group mixmaster' ... Creating home directory /var/lib/mixmaster’ …
dpkg-statoverride: warning: --update given but /var/run/mixmaster does not exist
Not starting Mixmaster Daemon: remailer mode not enabled in /etc/mixmaster/remailer.conf.

  • Not starting Mixmaster Daemon: remailer mode not enabled in /etc/mixmaster/remailer.conf.
    Setting up privoxy (3.0.17-1) …
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    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
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    Errors were encountered while processing:
    Error in function:
    SystemError: E:Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    Setting up anon-proxy (00.05.38+20081230-2) …
  • Starting anon-proxy mix

That was after selecting these options and ‘update’ before actually installing.

I’ve uninstalled it and need guidance on installing the ‘tag.gz’ file as repviously said in other threads, I’m not that confident in installing those packages.

.tar.gz archives are likely to be the source code … why compile/install the source code if what you want is in the repos ?

You didn’t say what the problem was with the install from the USC ?

Also if I’m reading that correctly, you appeared to be installing 2 web proxies … why ?

It’s more up-to-date from the originators site.
Isn’t the error in the text i added?

Not all errors are fatal … eg. it may error if a directory doesn’t exist, but then it may just create it.

Install again, pick ONE of those 2 proxies … and see if it works.

I would have thought the final “Done.” was a probably a good sign.

Before you do that … which version is in the repos … as there is a PPA for tor:

You may want to take a look at the instructions here:


But considering the PPA contains the same version as the torproject repository … it will be easier to just use the PPA -

Add the PPA to your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubun-tor/ubun-tor-stable

Update your package cache and update your system:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Install tor

sudo apt-get install tor

Install the Vidalia GUI front end for tor:

sudo apt-get install vidalia

and IF you need a small proxy … read the second link above, and install polipo:

sudo apt-get install polipo

There is also a polipo.conf (config file) linked to from the Ubuntu tor doc page.

and IF you need mixmaster, install it with:

sudo apt-get install mixmaster

I’ll have a go at that in a bit.
What are the extras that you label as ‘IF’ I want them, what are they and what do they do?

In relation to the TOR network … I wouldn’t know, I don’t use it/them … but the Ubuntu link I provided and the Synaptic package description will tell you what they are … or Google.

polipo = a small, caching web proxy
mixmaster = Anonymous remailer client and server

YOU were the one that was attempting to install mixmaster and a proxy ??? … why ?

READ the links I provided
to see if you think you need either of them.

No reason really, they were there?

Here’s what Synaptic says about mixmaster:

Mixmaster is the reference implementation of the type II remailer protocol which is also called Mixmaster.

An anonymous remailer is a computer service that privatizes your email. A
remailer allows you to send electronic mail to a Usenet news group or to a
person without the recipient knowing your name or your email address.
Anonymous remailers provide protection against traffic analysis.

This package provides both a client and an optional server installation.

and polipo:

Polipo is a caching web proxy (a web cache) designed to be used by one person or a small group of people. It is similar in spirit to WWWOFFLE, but the implementation techniques are more like the ones used by Squid.

Polipo has some features that are unique among currently available proxies:

o Polipo will use HTTP/1.1 pipelining if it believes that the remote
server supports it, whether the incoming requests are pipelined or
come in simultaneously on multiple connections (this is more than the
simple usage of persistent connections, which is done by e.g. Squid);

o Polipo will cache the initial segment of an instance if the
download has been interrupted, and, if necessary, complete it later
using Range requests;

o Polipo will upgrade client requests to HTTP/1.1 even if they come
in as HTTP/1.0, and up- or downgrade server replies to the client’s
capabilities (this may involve conversion to or from the HTTP/1.1
chunked encoding);

o Polipo has fairly complete support for IPv6 (except for scoped
(link-local) addresses).

Optionally, Polipo can use a technique known as Poor Man’s Multiplexing
to reduce latency.

You should read the documentation at the torproject website … and the Ubuntu tor doc page.

Why are you installing Tor anyway? Who ya hiding from? :stuck_out_tongue:

THEM… Out there 8) :o

It’s just, when I ran Peerblock in windows, the amount of IP’s that showed up was amazing, there were anything from UK Schools/Governments to American National Guard/US Defence agencies to Chinese Government… the list goes on…

Why the hell are THEY showing up as trying to probe my IP address?

Simple really. They want your money. :stuck_out_tongue:

You could say then that you just answered your own question…

@ pooky2483

Did you get tor working ?