I am trying to install TOR on a new server running Ubuntu 16.04. This worked for me several times in the past. I use the following command:
sudo apt-get install tor
Unfortunately, the tor process does not seem to be running at all. When I do "ps aux | grep tor" all I get is:
1322 0.0 0.0 14512 1020 pts/0 S+ 12:19 0:00 grep --color=auto tor
Interestingly, when I do "systemctl status tor", I get the following:
tor.service - Anonymizing overlay network for TCP (multi-instance-master) Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/tor.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled) Active: active (exited) since Sun 2017-02-12 12:17:45 UTC; 2min 48s ago Process: 428 ExecStart=/bin/true (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS) Main PID: 428 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS) CGroup: /system.slice/tor.service Feb 12 12:17:45 SR332 systemd: Starting Anonymizing overlay network for TCP (multi-instance-master)... Feb 12 12:17:45 SR332 systemd: Started Anonymizing overlay network for TCP (multi-instance-master).
Any attempt to restart the service shows that it is working fine - but it doesn't. Stopping the service with "sudo systemctl stop tor" changes the status to "loaded", then doing "sudo systemctl start tor" shows as active - yet nothing changes. /var/log/tor/ is completely empty, including when debugging mode is enabled.
Moreover, when I type "tor", either as root or debian-tor (the user created during TOR installation) it starts working. Doing "tor &" basically solves the issue, but it means that the server will not run TOR after it is rebooted, which is a problem for me. Only when running a tor process manually, is the log starts becoming populated.
Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.