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Rustylinux 03-24-2006 06:48 PM

Setting up Squid on Slackware

Just wondering if anyone has setup and running Squid on slackware. I have squid compiled and installed but having problems configuring it. If anyone is running squid on there slackware server as a proxy if you could please give me a short configuration run down on how you got it up and running that would be great.

Thank you,

cereal83 03-24-2006 10:06 PM

I use it for work and can post the config on monday if I remember. It's located in /usr/local/squid/etc/squid.conf for me. I am using it with 2.4.32 kernel as I can't seem to get it to work with newer kernel. So if I remember, I will post config

Rustylinux 03-25-2006 01:44 PM

Also I would like to setup squid to authenticate via LDAP with my server 2003 so I can restrict internet access via group membership.

I was also wondering if there is a way to view squids information via webpage / webbroswer once it is running.

Rustylinux 03-28-2006 06:11 PM

Anyone else with any suggestions?

tangle 03-28-2006 06:34 PM

dpballey 10-01-2006 11:33 PM

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 and your network mask (for instance

acl manager proto cache_object
acl localhost src
acl all src
acl allowed_hosts src

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
line TWICE:

% /usr/local/squid/sbin/squid -z
% /usr/local/squid/sbin/squid

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
Wessels. # general questions, pubilc forum # bugs and fixes # other feedback

Could you tell me how to fecth squid into Slackware?

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