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Tor browser is black [solved]

Postby vinoman » 2019-11-09 15:08

I've installed Tor browser and it opens the connection window in black and then opens Tor browser in black. Doesn't Tor browser work in Debian? I've used it in many other distros and never had this happen.

How do you get Tor to work in Debian?
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby Bulkley » 2019-11-09 16:29

vinoman wrote:I've installed Tor browser and it opens the connection window in black and then opens Tor browser in black.


How did you install Tor? It works very well for me. I downloaded Tor from here and run it as an appimage.
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby vinoman » 2019-11-09 16:32

That's where I downloaded from. Don't remember if I saw appimage after extracting file.
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby stevepusser » 2019-11-09 21:30

I get the same thing at random times in the last couple weeks with the version installed and updated with tor-browser-launcher, but a reboot makes it work correctly. Annoying, yes. I'm betting on a bug in the browser itself.

This is on the XFCE 4.14 desktop on MX Linux. Switching compositors off, or from Compton to XFCE's, makes no difference.
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby vinoman » 2019-11-10 00:14

I've downloaded the file and extracted and every file I click on none open tor. I've installed it many times but for some reason I can't get it to work in Debian. Why should it be different?
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby Bulkley » 2019-11-10 01:37

Could it be a Buster problem? I'm running Stretch and Tor works perfectly.
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby vinoman » 2019-11-10 12:37

should I add these lines to sources.list

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You need to add the following entries to /etc/apt/sources.list or a new file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/:

    deb https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org buster main
    deb-src https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org buster main

Then add the gpg key used to sign the packages by running the following commands at your command prompt:

    # curl https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org/A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89.asc | gpg --import
    # gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | apt-key add -

We provide a Debian package to help you keep our signing key current. It is recommended you use it. Install it with the following commands:

    # apt update
    # apt install tor deb.torproject.org-keyring


from: https://2019.www.torproject.org/docs/debian.html.en
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby stevepusser » 2019-11-10 20:35

I never saw the black screen issue in Stretch, but this is also a newer version of the browser, so you really can't pin it down, unless Stretch users still never see it. Anyone?

I would recommend that you install torbrowser-launcher from buster-backports--just installing and running that will install the browser in your home folder, and it will handle its own updates from there automatically.
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby vinoman » 2019-11-10 21:28

I have backports in sources .list

It's installed but it opens black!

I have Tor installed on ssd of MX Linux and Manjaro and they both have the download extracted and when you open the download folder which has a Tor folder and a desktop browser icon that you click on and Tor opens. Why can't it work in Debian?
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby stevepusser » 2019-11-11 01:41

Are you using similar versions of desktops on Debian and MX Linux? MX 19 is the Buster-based version.
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby vinoman » 2019-11-11 22:48

stevepusser wrote:Are you using similar versions of desktops on Debian and MX Linux? MX 19 is the Buster-based version.


Debian is Gnome and MX 19 is Xfce
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby reinob » 2019-11-12 10:54

Just for the record:

I'm using buster, with lxqt and tor browser downloaded directly from https://www.torproject.org/download/
(just unpack it somewhere in your home folder) and it works perfectly.
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby vinoman » 2019-11-13 15:19

reinob wrote:Just for the record:

I'm using buster, with lxqt and tor browser downloaded directly from https://www.torproject.org/download/
(just unpack it somewhere in your home folder) and it works perfectly.


That's how I installed it. but for some reason it doesn't work with Debian on my pc. Don't really use it much, it needed I'll use another distro.

Would like to get it to work though...
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby stevepusser » 2019-11-13 19:24

reinob wrote:Just for the record:

I'm using buster, with lxqt and tor browser downloaded directly from https://www.torproject.org/download/
(just unpack it somewhere in your home folder) and it works perfectly.


As far as I know, that's also what torbrowser-launcher does--it just automates the process.
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Re: Tor browser is black

Postby sunrat » 2019-11-14 07:04

“ computer users can be divided into 2 categories:
Those who have lost data
...and those who have not lost data YET ”
Remember to BACKUP!
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