tsocks does not work

Randal L. Schwartz merlyn at stonehenge.com
Tue Aug 17 15:52:10 PDT 2010

>>>>> "James" == James Hozier <guitarscn1 at yahoo.com> writes:

James> Ah, both those lines do not work; I get the same error.
James> Is tsocks the same as the 'torify' command? Is there an alternative I
James> can use to run programs through Tor? Like there is Torbutton for
James> Firefox but I remember I used to be able to do 'torify firefox' and
James> it would start Firefox already using Tor.

No.  Torifying a web browser means to set its web-proxy to the local
tor-ified web proxy, which in turn knew how to be a member of the tor

tsocks intercepted calls to "socket(2)" at the lowest level, replacing
them with versions that would call something like tor_socket() which
also knew how to get onto the tor network.

tsocks was rather magical.  No surprise the magic dust wore out.

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