Re: [squid-users] What's the Difference between Proxy and Accelerator Mode?

From: Henrik Nordstrom <>
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 17:57:21 +0100

It means you are running Squid as a transaprently intercepting proxy.,
which is different from a normal proxy in many aspects of TCP/IP
networking and the actual proxying itself. The way Squid works you MUST
enable the accelerator options when running it as a transparently
intercepting proxy. This does NOT mean that you run Squid as an

To run a normal proxy setup you have to configure the browsers to use
the proxy.

To run Squid as an accelerator, the IP your Squid server has needs to be
advertised as the authorative IP for the site, and must be done so by
the site operator.

Henrik Nordström
Squid Hacker

"Costa, Todd (DMH)" wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am curious because of a recent post. If I am running a transparent
> proxy "per say" and have accelerator mode turned on. That means I am not
> running a proxy? Yet I have acl working nicely...for content control (no
> porn, not even by accident). I guess I need to understand this a little more
> from others.

> Based on what I said above, I really don't need transparency mode
> nor accelerator mode do I for my situation? Reason I say this is because I
> am using Iptables to redirect requests for port 80 to port 3128 then Squid
> goes through its acl lists and accepts or denies the request. The Linux Box
> is a gateway to a gateway right? I don't need accelerator mode because I am
> not servicing a local web server nor others for that matter. Transparent
> mode, well I am not certain if I need that now. Or even if that's what I
> have done here.
> Well, maybe someone can talk more about this... Thanks for listening
> if you have read this far.
> Todd M. Costa
> Cape & Islands Community Mental Health Center
> EDP II, LAN Manager
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> "Work Smarter, Not Harder....Use Open Source Solutions"
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Received on Tue Nov 06 2001 - 09:59:45 MST

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