Hi all. This month was mostly spent on non-tor work including a server migration, bad service outage at work, and a full week of cleaning my apartment. Still, plenty of spiffy news in stem land…
Remote Descriptor Fetching
Major feature for this month was the addition of a module to remotely fetch tor descriptors…
This works much like tor itself does, downloading descriptor content from directory authorities and mirrors. With it we can now easily script against the present state of the tor network without piggybacking on a live tor instance.
Curious what you can use it for? See our present monitors for some ideas.
This also included a little work with Nick on the spec and tor side…
- Dropped the unimplemented microdescriptor query from the spec. (ticket)
- Noting the max queryable fingerprints/hashes in spec. (ticket)
- We’re getting a high failure rate on the downloads we make. A little more investigation is needed on my part to help narrow this down. (ticket)
Other news includes…
- Revised the appearance of stem’s frontpage. The blue buttons were pretty jarring, so switched to something that matches the rest of the page. (before, after)
- Added Slackware to our download page. Many thanks to Markus for adding us to SlackBuilds!
- Worked with Sreenatha to port Tor Weather to stem. Unfortunately Weather does not presently have an active maintainer so I’m not sure how we will proceed on this front. (thread, ticket)
- The Munich dev meeting has attracted quite a few potential volunteers. After discussing prospective projects with seros I tidied up our volunteer page. Changes included…
- Our automated Jenkins test runs ran into another regression in tor that caused it to segfault. (ticket)
- STREAM events mishandled IPv6 addresses. (caught and patched by soult, ticket)
- Thread with Pierre about TorPylle which turned into a discussion with Nick regarding future language direction for the tor codebase. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes!
- We just finished with midterms for Google Summer of Code. Chang unfortunately did not pass, but the other projects are going well.
- Sorted out travel arrangements for the GSoC mentor summit. Nick and I will be going, and Moritz is presently on the waitlist.
- Code reviewed ra’s rttprober. He provided some great feedback for which I still owe him a reply.