[feature suggestion] Need signal to totally switch to the new set of circuits
Currently there is the control command
which according to specification "switches to clean circuits, so new application requests don't share any circuits with old ones." It however doesn't affect the old connections, which still go through the old set of circuits.
There is the legitimate need to completely switch to the new set of circuits, with termination of all old connections.
I am suggesting to add the parameter to NEWNYM signal. It can be a string parameter, to keep it general and explicit. Syntax that will work like NEWNYM but will also terminate old connection could look like this:
SIGNAL NEWNYM TERMINATE
The old syntax will assume this parameter to be empty, and will work like before.
On the user level, wherever they see the button "New Identity", they will either have another button next to it "New Identity (force-close old connections)", or the yes/no choice "force-close old connections" next to the original button.
My motivation: I had this question before myself, and now I saw somebody else asking it on tor-talk@: "Why my exit node doesn't change when I press 'New Identity' button?"