I'm having trouble with my i2p router configuration and the i2p people suggested that my netDb might be old or outdated.

This are the instructions given:

  • You can grab a huge netDb directory at http://mrbamboo.i2p/netDb.tar
  • Stop your router - unpack the tar file over the existing netDb directory of yours.
  • Change the permissions of your netDb afterwards with chown youruser:youruser -R netDb.

When I explained that I was a total noob they said:

  • copy the netDb.tar to your i2p directory - usually ~/.i2p/ the ~ is for example /home/username/ or something like it.
  • then run 'tar xf netDb.tar' - this will unpack all files to your netDb directory.
  • then adjust file settings with chown <username>:<username> -R netDb
  • thats it - fire up the router !

I don't even know where to start, it's all Greek to me. All I understand is that I'm trying to replace my own netDb with the one in the .tar file.

Thank you for your patience! and forgive my complete noobness

1 Answer 1


Okey I'll try to guide you through:

  1. Open Nautilus and press Ctrl+H:

    You will see some files and folders showing up, that were hidden before, search for a folder named .i2p and open it.

  2. Move the netDb.tar file, from wherever you downloaded to, and place it in the opened .i2p folder.

  3. Right click on the netDb.tar file and select Extract here.

  4. Right click on the white background and select Open in terminal.

  5. In the just opened terminal run chown $USER:$USER -R netDb.

    How? Copy it using Ctrl+C (to avoid any typo/mistake) and paste it into the terminal with Ctrl+Shift+V, press Enter.


  • M.Becerra, when I chown $USER:$USER -R netDb the terminal says, chown: invalid group: 'steve: USER' I'm sure I'm missing the point. Apr 3, 2017 at 15:13
  • I changed USER to steve and now I am the owner according to properties. Is that what I wanted? Apr 3, 2017 at 15:18
  • Okey, let's check just to make sure, in the same folder .i2p, open a terminal and run ll netDb. It will show you the owner of the file, as well as some other info.
    – M. Becerra
    Apr 3, 2017 at 15:23
  • It's all under my name, I think we got it. Apr 3, 2017 at 15:33

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