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So essentially until yesterday, when I ran the tor browser bundle, vidalia would pop up, connect and do its thing, and then a minute or so later the special tor-firefox browser would pop up with torcheck saying I'm in.

Now vidalia just doesn't appear, and tor-firefox comes up saying I'm okay anyway. I know vidalia is just like a GUI type thing (correct me if I'm wrong, I did also install tor via get-apt install tor). Should I care that vidalia isnt popping up or no? also, how should I go about getting it back

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You probably shouldn't care. Does the icon appear in the systray when you start it? It should look like an onion. – w4etwetewtwet Jul 31 '13 at 20:20
No, the onion doesn't show up. Neither system tray nor the normal pop up window. – Swiss Jul 31 '13 at 20:25
Weird. What is the output of running the start-tor-browser script from the terminal? (Use cd path/to/the/folder/the/script/is/in/relative/to/home/folder to get there, and then run ./start-tor-browser) – w4etwetewtwet Jul 31 '13 at 20:26
Going into the tor browser file and manually selecting the vidalia app, it starts and gives the error "Vidalia detected that tor software exited unexpectedly" upon trying to connect to tor. – Swiss Jul 31 '13 at 20:30
Message log starting w/ first warning "Jul 31 20:28:39.942 [Warning] Could not bind to Address already in use. Is Tor already running? Jul 31 20:28:39.942 [Notice] Opening Control listener on Jul 31 20:28:39.943 [Notice] Closing partially-constructed Control listener on Jul 31 20:28:39.943 [Warning] Failed to parse/validate config: Failed to bind one of the listener ports. Jul 31 20:28:39.944 [Error] Reading config failed--see warnings above." – Swiss Jul 31 '13 at 20:31

Newer Tor Browser bundles integrate the functionality of Vidalia in Torbutton, a browser extension for Firefox. A standalone vidalia window won't show up. Instead, it looks like this:

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