I'm using squid proxy sever on my ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Where is the error page location so that I can customize it..

  • No! I've searched in nook and corner of that squid.conf file. /var/log/syslog contains only system log file. – Ruban Savvy Nov 27 '13 at 10:24
  • Nope It contains all the squid log files (like the web accessed URLs). I need the error page location. – Ruban Savvy Nov 27 '13 at 10:26
  • Sorry, I misread your question... Do you have an error_directory directive in your configuration ? Error pages should be there. – Vinz Nov 27 '13 at 10:32
  • No Vinz. I'm looking for that! – Ruban Savvy Nov 27 '13 at 10:32
  • There is no such dierctory. :( – Ruban Savvy Nov 27 '13 at 10:38

If you do not have a configured error_directory as mentioned, squid -v will report your version of squids compile time options.

The following options will impact the path to the error templates:

  --prefix=PREFIX         install architecture-independent files in PREFIX
  --datarootdir=DIR       read-only arch.-independent data root [PREFIX/share]
  --datadir=DIR           read-only architecture-independent data [DATAROOTDIR]

The following will impact which error templates are rendered:

  --disable-translation   Prevent Squid generating localized error page
  --disable-auto-locale   This prevents Squid providing localized error pages

So you end up with PREFIX/DATADIR/errors/templates as the default or PREFIX/DATADIR/errors/$locale/

Locale can be based on the clients request if using a recent version of Squid or yours was compiled with --enable-auto-locale for older versions (3.1)

The error_default_language config option can be involved as well.

Then the templates directory is the fallback.

I think this holds true for squid 3.x. Not so sure about 2.x


Error page location is set by the error_directory directive.

  • Where is that? I need the path! – Ruban Savvy Nov 27 '13 at 10:36
  • According to help.ubuntu.com/community/Squid/Customize it should be in /usr/share/squid/errors/<language>/. If it does not exist, I suggest you to generate an error and strace the process to see where it looks for these pages. – Vinz Nov 27 '13 at 10:50
  • I've seen that page. but it is of no use. – Ruban Savvy Nov 27 '13 at 10:51
  • Another solution would be to save the HTML error page on your harddisk, make the changes you want, add an error_directory directive in your configuration file, and put your new file in this directory. – Vinz Nov 27 '13 at 10:56
  • I did that prior asking question here. – Ruban Savvy Nov 27 '13 at 10:57

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