How to load squid was Re:localhost

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Tue Feb 12 13:56:41 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton wrote:

> No, I didn't think you were arguing, I just wondered if the visible_hostname
> absolutely has to be set, or if it's only needed if squid can't find the
> FQDN otherwise.  So there was only one thing to be done - install it and
> find out...

I *think* it falls back on visible_hostname if it can't determine a 
proper name otherwise.

> Except that the message suggested to me that it _does_ try to
> autoconfigure - and only uses visible_hostname if it can't find an FQDN. 
> Having now installed squid, and not having had any kind of error, I can see
> that in fact if you have a valid FQDN set, it doesn't
> need "visible_hostname" (in fact, /etc/squid/squid.conf says so).

That solves that question then.  The conf file is rather well documented 
as I remember.

>> Squid is 
>> really really flexible in deployment, so the maintainer may have opted
>> to support the lowest common denominator.
> Still, if all you need is one variable to be set (visible_hostname) that's
> exactly what debconf is for.

*shrug* can't speculate what they were thinking at the time.  Well, I 
could, but it's not really worth the effort :-)

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