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Old 06-07-2004, 02:54 PM   #1
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Question BASH Scripting ?

I'm a newbie to Linux and am trying to write a small shell script to start squid cache server and then mozilla. it looks like this:
/etc/init.d/squid restart &

the problem I have is I want to run it from Desktop as a shortcut and just click it and have it run. When I do this the squid service does not restart and then mozilla starts and says proxy not running. If I run it from command line as root the script runs fine. So i have to assume there are some rights issue when using the shortcut. I tried giving the squid binary executable rights to my user but that did not help. Is there someway to run the squid script as root from my script. Any suggestions people.thanx

Old 06-07-2004, 03:32 PM   #2
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Well, I can get it to work, but I don't really like the process...

Change the squid line to "su -c '/sbin/service squid restart'".

Then, right-click the desktop link you are using to run the script, and choose Properties, Application, Advanced Options. Set the link to run in a terminal.

Now, when you run the link, it will open a terminal, and ask for the root password. If you give it the correct password, it will run restart squid. If you give it the wrong password, it won't. Either way, it will then start Mozilla.

The part I don't like is that if somebody can get into your script, they can put something malicious in the su command, and you would run it not knowing. I would just open a terminal and type in the su command when I needed to.
Old 06-07-2004, 03:53 PM   #3
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Jost poking in here... Why is it necessary to have the squid restart execute in the background (the &)? I would guess that's part of the problem. The shell fires off the command and proceeds immediately to start up mozilla (whether the squid restart has finished or not). I would bet mozilla is just starting up faster than squid can take care of its restart (but I've been wrong before).

My suggesstion: cut out the '&' entirely, or change it to '&&'. With the '&&', mozilla won't start unless the return value of the squid restart indicated success (and it shouldn't return a value until the restart is finished).
Old 06-07-2004, 08:51 PM   #4
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thanx 4 the advice i'll try it . The problem is actually w/squid if anyone is familiar w/this program. the service is not startting up @ boot. I have it running @ work on system w/a dialup modem. Examining the logs I see squid is looking for a dns server @ bootup and obviously it dosent find one. The squid service thus stops after several attemepts and is not running when I begin my computing session. I then have to get a root console and issue /etc/init.d/squid restart command. I was thus trying to get a quick script going so I could get mozilla up w/one click. but u bring out a good point about security problem w/this approach. Does anyone know of a good place to ask ?'s abou t squid configuration problems. I tried but they dont have any forums and queries to their bugzilla database yielded nothing...



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