1. Enable Automatic Software Updates
One of the most important things to keep your relay secure is to install security updates timely and ideally automatically so you can not forget about it.
Follow the instructions to enable automatic software updates for your operating system.
DragonFlyBSD's daily snapshots and releases (starting with 3.4) come with
pkg already installed. Upgrades from earlier releases, however, will not have it. If
pkg is missing on the system for any reason, it can be quickly bootstrapped without having to build it from source or even having DPorts installed:
# cd /usr
# make pkg-bootstrap
# pkg-static install -y pkg
2.1. Recommended Steps to Setup
Here, it will be similar to what we have on a FreeBSD system, and we are going to use HTTPS to fetch our packages, and updates - so here we also need an extra package to help us out (
# pkg install ca_root_nss
For fresh installations, the file
/usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/df-latest.conf.sample is copied to
/usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/df-latest. The files ending in the ".sample" extension are ignored; pkg(8) only reads files that end in ".conf" and it will read as many as it finds.
DragonflyBSD has 2 packages repositories:
- Avalon (mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org);
- Wolfpond (pkg.wolfpond.org).
We can simply edit the URL used to point out the repositories on
/usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/df-latest and that's it! Remember to use pkg+https:// for Avalon.
After applying all these changes, we update the packages list again and try to check if there's already a new update to apply:
# pkg update -f
# pkg upgrade -y -f
3. Package installation
# pkg install tor
... or install an alpha release:
# pkg install tor-devel
4. Configuration file
Put the configuration file
/usr/local/etc/tor/torrc in place
Nickname myNiceRelay # Change "myNiceRelay" to something you like
ContactInfo your@e-mail # Write your e-mail and be aware it will be published
ORPort 443 # You might use a different port, should you want to
Log notice syslog
5. Start the service
Here we set
tor to start at boot time and use the setuid feature, in order to bind to lower ports like 443 (the daemon itself will still run as a regular non-privileged user).
# echo "tor_setuid=YES" >> /etc/rc.conf
# echo "tor_enable=YES" >> /etc/rc.conf
# service tor start
6. Final Notes
If you are having trouble setting up your relay, have a look at our help section.
If your relay is now running, check out the post-install notes.