errors with tor relay on centos 7

March 23, 2015

recently spun up a centos 7 VPS to run a tor relay
when issuing
service tor start
i got errors along the lines of
Starting tor (via systemctl): Warning: Unit file of tor.service changed on disk, 'systemctl daemon-reload' recommended.
digging deeper with
systemctl status tor.service -l
showed
tor.service - SYSV: Onion Router - A low-latency anonymous proxy
Loaded: loaded (/etc/rc.d/init.d/tor)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Mon 2015-03-23 06:30:15 EDT; 42s ago
Process: 12436 ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/init.d/tor start (code=exited, status=3)
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime tor[12436]: Mar 23 06:30:15.176 [notice] Tor can't help you if you use it wrong! Learn how to be safe at https://www.torproject.org/download/download#warning
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime tor[12436]: Mar 23 06:30:15.176 [notice] Read configuration file "/etc/tor/tor-rpm-defaults-torrc".
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime tor[12436]: Mar 23 06:30:15.177 [notice] Read configuration file "/etc/tor/torrc".
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime tor[12436]: Mar 23 06:30:15.182 [warn] Failed to parse/validate config: Nickname 'flag_waver' is wrong length or contains illegal characters.
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime tor[12436]: Mar 23 06:30:15.182 [err] Reading config failed--see warnings above.
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime tor[12436]: /usr/bin/torctl start: tor could not be started
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime tor[12436]: [FAILED]
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime systemd[1]: tor.service: control process exited, code=exited status=3
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime systemd[1]: Failed to start SYSV: Onion Router - A low-latency anonymous proxy.
Mar 23 06:30:15 dime systemd[1]: Unit tor.service entered failed state.

so i removed the _ from the relay name and things are fine when tor starts now.

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posted in linux by col

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