Rusty> Here you go, I am submitting a quickstart to setting up squid. The quickstart is written by Stephane Bortzmeyer and Duane Wessels. I hope it helps.
For people who want to get Squid running
quickly It is not a substitute for the real documentation. Squid has many features, but only a few of them are useful at the beginning. Use this only if you have quite a simple setup.
After you retrieved, compiled and installed the Squid software (see
INSTALL in the same directory), you have to configure the squid.conf file. This is the list of the values you *need* to change, because no sensible defaults could be defined. Do not touch the other variables for now. We assume you have installed Squid in the default location:
Uncomment and edit the following lines in /usr/local/squid/etc/squid.conf:
If you have a parent cache, put it here. The administrators of the
parent cache typically provided you with instructions. You should
always ask permission before adding a parent cache.
Add here the amount of memory (RAM memory) to devote to caching.
Warning: Squid uses much more than this value. Rule of thumb: if
you have N megabytes free for Squid, put N/3 here.
cache_dir /usr/local/squid/var/cache 100 16 256
Add here (first number, here 100) the amount of hard disk space
(in megabytes) to devote to caching.
acl, http_access, icp_access, miss_access
Access control lists. This is important because it prevents people
from stealing your network resources. To fill in the
"allowed_hosts" ACL, use your network address (for instance
192.168.10.0 and your network mask (for instance 255.255.255.0):
acl manager proto cache_object
acl localhost src 127.0.0.1/255.255.255.255
acl all src 0.0.0.0/0.0.0.0
acl allowed_hosts src 192.168.10.0/255.255.255.0
http_access deny manager all
http_access allow allowed_hosts
http_access deny all
icp_access allow allowed_hosts
icp_access deny all
miss_access allow allowed_hosts
miss_access deny all
Put here the e-mail address of the manager:
If you must start Squid as root, find a safe user and group to run
as after startup (typically "nobody" and "nogroup"). Do not use
"root", for security reasons.
The host name you advertise for the cache.
After editing squid.conf to your liking, run Squid from the command
% /usr/local/squid/sbin/squid -z
Check in the cache.log (/usr/local/squid/var/logs/cache.log) that
everything is all right. Note that "WARNING: Cannot write to swap
directory" is normal the first time you run Squid.
Once Squid created all its files (it can take several minutes on some
systems), test it with echoping or a regular Web client. By default,
your Squid will run on port 3128. See the Squid FAQ for more details.
Once you have Squid working from the command line, tell your Unix to
start Squid at startup (it depends heavily on the Unix you use, you'll
typically have to modify something in a /etc/rc_something).
This quick start file written by: Stephane Bortzmeyer and Duane
# general questions, pubilc forum
# bugs and fixes
# other feedback
Could you tell me how to fecth squid into Slackware?