How to load squid was Re:localhost

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Mon Feb 11 18:40:45 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton wrote:

> Well, I agree this seems like a bug.  We _do_ have debconf, so surely it
> should be used to _get_ your visible hostname so that the install doesn't
> b0rk.  But do you really need to set visible_hostname?  The implication of
> the messages, to me, seems to be that if it can find a proper FQDN
> from "hostname -f" (or equivalent) you should be able to get by without
> pre-configuring visible_hostname.

Sorry, I don't mean to make it sound like an argument.  I was just 
telling you what I've run into while configuring it on Linux and FreeBSD 
in the past.

Personally I'm not sure hostname -f would always work on every platform 
(or guarantee it would always work), so maybe that's why it's avoided. 
Also the proxy could be set up to work as a virtual host or a forwarder 
chained to other systems, so it may not be good to "autoconfigure" it 
out of fear that it'll bork up what you're trying to do.  Squid is 
really really flexible in deployment, so the maintainer may have opted 
to support the lowest common denominator.

I honestly don't know...*shrug*

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