I wanted to install Tor on my new Ubuntu (14.04) install. I followed all the instructions and tried to start tor.
It starts correctly if I navigate to Tor's directory and run:
It also starts correctly if I navigate the GUI and click on the Tor Browser icon. Now you may ask what is the problem?
The problem started with me wanting to create a single word alias to start tor browser whenever I opened the terminal. While researching on this at the Internet I saw there was a tor command available (though I m not sure what it does yet). But when I try to run that command tor doesnt start, it get stack at 100% after bootstrapping:
~$ tor Jan 28 21:41:45.095 [notice] Tor v0.2.7.6 (git-605ae665009853bd) running on Linux with Libevent 2.0.21-stable, OpenSSL 1.0.1f and Zlib 1.2.8. Jan 28 21:41:45.095 [notice] Tor can't help you if you use it wrong! Learn how to be safe at https://www.torproject.org/download/download#warning Jan 28 21:41:45.095 [notice] Read configuration file "/etc/tor/torrc". Jan 28 21:41:45.098 [notice] Opening Socks listener on 127.0.0.1:9050 Jan 28 21:41:45.000 [notice] Parsing GEOIP IPv4 file /usr/share/tor/geoip. Jan 28 21:41:45.000 [notice] Parsing GEOIP IPv6 file /usr/share/tor/geoip6. Jan 28 21:41:45.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 0%: Starting Jan 28 21:41:45.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 80%: Connecting to the Tor network Jan 28 21:41:46.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 85%: Finishing handshake with first hop Jan 28 21:41:46.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 90%: Establishing a Tor circuit Jan 28 21:41:46.000 [notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. Looks like client functionality is working. Jan 28 21:41:46.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done
I am aware of this question that looks very similar but I want something different because Tor is working for me (through the two options available above). I am asking about this because I want to learn more about how Linux (Ubuntu) works.
Is tor a command that should start tor and pop out the relevant Tor window like the other two methods are? If so what's going wrong?
If I Ctrl+C on the terminal after it's stuck and try the other two options then Tor starts normally. So I believe that my installation is complete.
If tor command is not supposed to fully start the Tor browser then what does it do?
Thanks for your help,