The Basics _ _ _

What is Squid?
Squid is software that caches Internet data. It does this by accepting requests for objects that people want to download and handling their requests in their place. In other words, if a person wants to download a web page, they ask squid to get the page for them. Squid then connects to the remote server (for example and requests the page. It then transparently streams the data through itself to the client machine, but at the same time keeps a copy. The next time someone wants that page, squid simply reads it off disk, transferring the data to the client machine almost immediately. Squid currently handles the HTTP, FTP, GOPHER, SSL and WAIS protocols. It doesn't handle things like POP, NNTP, RealAudio and others.

The Squid Users guide is copyright Oskar Pearson

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