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On Redhat based distros such as CentOS, install squid, then do

#chkconfig squid on

When you reboot squid will be automatically started.

NOTE : you can edit the rc.local file as follows;

Goto directory /etc/rc.d/rc.local
you can add any command you want to be run when the system reboots, Add the following line to the rc.local file.

/usr/local/squid/bin/squid


To verify your configuration file you can use the -k parse option

# /usr/local/squid/sbin/squid -k parse

After you created the cache directories, Then start the Squid.

# /usr/local/squid/sbin/squid -NCd1

If you want to run squid as a background process.

# /usr/local/squid/sbin/squid
 

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