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since last week I am having a problem using tor. It says bootstrapped 10% finishing handshake with directory server and then it just stops. It might help to say that I am in Iran. Any idea how to solve it? Thanks.

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according to a blog on the tor website, it depends on your isp: blog.torproject.org/blog/update-internet-censorship-iran –  hbdgaf Jan 22 '11 at 21:55
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Tor maverick repository is up...that could be related, I just reinstalled tor from repo. Being in Iran, it might be that you need a bridge that isn't on your nation's blocklist. Just a couple of pieces of pertinent info.

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note: when in locales that are "more restrictive than most" it might be useful to have a VPS provider that allows you to run a VPN service on 443 such that you can bounce off of an "unlisted" host into the tor network...again just thoughts. –  hbdgaf Jan 14 '11 at 19:03
    
last comment and I'll stop...there are other individuals that I have helped in your geographic vicinity. I am thinking that tor nodes are blocked. Again, the non-blacklisted bridges or VPS with proxy services running. Not just thoughts. –  hbdgaf Jan 14 '11 at 19:37
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thanks aking1012 , I thought so too because I can not get tor working on windows either , I added bridges too and still no luck thanks again –  ali Jan 15 '11 at 15:46
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