[Tor-BSD] simple bandwidth scanner: sbws

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Sun Oct 21 15:23:00 EDT 2018

George Rosamond:
> juga of the Tor Project is writing the new bandwidth scanner for Tor,
> simple bandwidth scanner, sbws. The current one is difficult, and
> neither Attila nor I could get it working on OpenBSD.
> The current version is based on a bunch of install steps, but not
> integrated with any OS's ports systems.
> juga's is much simpler, and is written in python3. Some of the tests
> require bash, but we made note of that in a ticket. One of us will work
> on that at some point.
> It's only on version 0.8.0, and it won't be ready for production until
> it hits 1.
> Vincius already got it into FreeBSD ports
> (https://www.freshports.org/net/py-sbws/) which is awesome... over the
> summer I created a functioning OpenBSD Makefile with juga, and have it
> updated to 0.8.0 now.  It requires py-stem 1.7.0 which is in FreeBSD
> ports, but OpenBSD still is at 1.6.0. There are a few other basic py-
> DEPS. I just noticed he has some DEPENDS that aren't in mine, which I'm
> curious about. . .

My mistake on the extra DEPs. I glanced quickly and the diff for
net/Makefile was a bunch of seemingly related py- modules which I
mistakenly took for py-stem deps.

> Anyways, running bandwidth scanners is an assigned function within the
> Tor community, we don't need noise like that impacting the directory
> authorities. But regardless, it's useful for testing with things like
> chutney, which should also be ported to the BSDs at some point
> (https://gitweb.torproject.org/chutney.git/)
> If anyone does NetBSD porting, take a look at the Freshports url for his
> port as a guide. Mine isn't public, but I can provide if anyone's
> interested.
> Achieving network diversity isn't just about relays as important as that
> is. Getting a diverse Tor directory infrastructure is also vital, and at
> this point is mostly Linux, outside of one directory authority and the
> bridge directory authority AFAIK.


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