Exactly the SAME problem i had to make squid autoboot from a compiled installation Ļ./configureĻ
I finally found squid on Mandrake and then it was just configure and chkconfig -level 345 and shot thanks for coming... it worked.
I donīt know how to make mandrake id apps installed from konsole (kde 3) and then allow them prefrence over the installed version that exist in mandrake.
I think that will be my main downfall if i compile *anything* service-like and get told to make it load in boot time.
[thread starter] - guess that they tell the system what services will be loaded... on boot something like in a windoze env.... safe-mode, minimal services etc etc
start apps in boot... squid example www.squid-cache.org/Doc/FAQ/FAQ-3.html#ss3.6
scroll down about half a page + script file example