This document is intended only 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.
Add here the amount of hard disk space (in megabytes) to devote to
acl, http_access, icp_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
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 with the -z option
to create the swap directories:
% cd /usr/local/squid
% bin/squid -z
This procedure may take a few minutes. Watch your screen and check
logs/cache.log to make sure the directories were created successfully.
After the directories have been created, run Squid from the command line
to make sure its working.
You should NOT get the shell prompt back; squid does not go into the
background by default. You can test squid with echoping or a regular
Web browser. 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