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Re: [K12OSN] Squid Proxy

Hi John,
I usually place my Squid proxy servers as the network gateway/router.  It usually has 2 network cards, but if you are sharing a T1, then it should be able to handle the incoming/outgoing data with 1 network card.  My experience with Squid is that it takes about a month to fill up a ~10 Gig cache, depending on traffic, type of requests etc.  Once the cache is full, I usually get about ~45% hit rate on the cache.
I would guess that after 1 day of running the Squid server, you are experiencing a very low cache hit rate, which is about the same as not having Squid there at all.  You can use a free program called "Calamaris" (http://cord.de/tools/squid/calamaris/) to analyze your Squid logs, and tell you how much traffic you have, and what the cache hit rate was for the period of time in the logs. 
You may have to wait longer until more items are cached.  However, if you browse one graphic intensive site on one machine, you should be able to go to another machine and have the same page load almost instantly.  If not, then something is wrong with your squid server.
Let us know how things go.
scottmcgee adelphia net
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 3:52 PM
Subject: [K12OSN] Squid Proxy

After having no luck with the Apache proxy server, I switched to Squid. Wouldn?t you know it, I have the same problem as I posted yesterday. As the day wears on and the T1 gets saturated with requests, the proxy server slows to a crawl as well. At this point I wonder if the Proxy server is actually servicing requests or just looks like it is. At about 2:20 in the afternoon when school lets out for the day in all three districts serviced by this single T1 internet connection, everything speeds back up. I am so new to linux, I haven?t a clue where to start looking. I administer the proxy server through Webmin. Am I forgetting something in the conf file that Webmin can?t configure? Should I be running with 2 network cards instead of 1? Does the unit have to be placed in a particular arrangement on the network? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Incidentally, I just learned all 3 school districts reside behind a firewall/Nat unit.

Thanks again

John Pilmore

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