My latest contribution to the project is to add tor support. Meaning that the gossiping works in hostile network environments and you get the location transparency for free. Tor seems like a perfect fit for scuttlebot and allows for censorship resistant distributed systems to be built. The following is a small guide for settings up a scuttlebot node (or pub in their terminology) on tor.
Configure tor to expose a hidden service on external port 8888 to
8008 locally (/etc/tor/torrc):
HiddenServicePort 8888 127.0.0.1:8008
Then setup sbot to use the onion address:
sbot server –host <YOURONIONADDR>.onion –port 8008
Please note that scuttlebot will make connections to non-tor nodes, so if don’t want to expose your node and only have it communicate over tor, you need to pass it a –tor-only flag as well. You need the latest 9.4 for this to work.
You can join my existing pub with the following invite code:
sbot invite.accept 355ij5sv346bpih2.onion:8888:@lbocEWqF2Fg6WMYLgmfYvqJlMfL7hiqVAV6ANjHWNw8=.ed25519~t7UhT15nIaDoWbdTZHVg4HJ1VHcmtl/FOplSyQfn03E=