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Old 08-17-2004, 11:50 PM   #1
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Permission Problem with Privoxy

First let me apologize for not being able to give exact error messages, I don't have my linux box in front of me, but I'm going to do my best to elaborate.

I'm attempting to install Privoxy from the source tar on Slackware 10. I do ./configure prefix=/usr/local/stow/privoxy (I've tried this without stow also), no problems. Likewise make runs trouble free, but make install gives me a warning to the effect of:
Installing as root, you shouldn't run privoxy as root. There is no privoxy group, please create user/group for configuration files. Please refer to INSTALL.
Sadly the INSTALL file is bare bones and has no mention of this particular problem.

When I attempt to run privoxy I get an error involving not being able to find the configuration files.

I'm fairly new to Linux, but I figured I need to create group for privoxy, make my non-root account part of the group, and try it from there. Due to my inexperience I'm not exactly sure how to go about this, I've edited /etc/groups (or group can't remember) and added Privoxy::102: but I've noticed that most of the other groups don't have users after the :, and yet my non-su account is part of a few groups (audio, cd etc).

If anyone has had experience with a similar problem or can offer guidance it would be really appreciated. I'll most likely be able to post exact messages tomorrow when I get into work.

edit: Here is the exact message
Installing templates to /usr/local/stow/privoxy-3.0.3-stable/etc/templates
id: privoxy: No such user
WARNING! WARNING! installing config files as root!
It is strongly recommended to run privoxy as a non-root user,
and to install the config files as that user and/or group!
Please read INSTALL, and create a privoxy user and group!
make: *** [install] Error 1

Last edited by HaloinaHaystack; 08-18-2004 at 01:24 PM.
Old 11-28-2004, 01:10 PM   #2
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I know this is an old post, but I just came across it while searching the forum for an answer (which I figured out after all) and thought I'd post it here in case others run into the same problem.

I had the same problem using Privoxy version 3.0.3, and Mandrake 10 Official with updates. I've had Privoxy start up saying "Group not found." but this was due to nothing being added in the /etc/init.d/privoxy file where the PRIVOXY_USER= was defined. Just change that to PRIVOXY_USER="privoxy" and you should be all set.


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