After installing privoxy I started it up and, after directing my browser to run through it as a proxy, I was presented with an error saying the following

"There is no Internet connection

There is something wrong with the proxy server, or the address is incorrect."

Fair enough, I decided to check the log file and see what is going on, but there is absolutely nothing in the log file.

Upon checking the config file, I see that I have the following settings

logdir /var/log/privoxy    
logfile logfile
debug     1 # Log the destination for each request Privoxy let through. See also debug 1024.
debug  1024 # Actions that are applied to all sites and maybe overruled later on.
debug  4096 # Startup banner and warnings
debug  8192 # Non-fatal errors

Alright, so it says that is should be logging to the file logfile in the directory /var/log/privoxy. I check the permissions and find

drwxr-xr-x  2 privoxy privoxy            4096 Jan 31 16:18 privoxy

So it's not a permissions issue. I have uninstalled and reinstalled to no avail. I have no idea why it isn't working. It is logging to the system journal but I hate having to dig through that for stuff.

For context, I am running Arch Linux.

I found that if I manually start it via

sudo privoxy --user privoxy --no-daemon /etc/privoxy/config

that it runs just fine. So I have determined it is a systemd issue. Below is the default systemd file

Description=Privoxy Web Proxy With Advanced Filtering Capabilities

ExecStart=/usr/bin/privoxy --no-daemon /etc/privoxy/config


1 Answer 1


Seems to be a packaging issue: https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/54570

Have a look at: https://github.com/systemd/systemd/pull/7198

Try this systemd unit file:

Description=Privoxy Web Proxy With Advanced Filtering Capabilities   

#ExecStart=/usr/bin/privoxy --no-daemon /etc/privoxy/config

ExecStart=/usr/bin/privoxy --pidfile /var/run/privoxy.pid --user privoxy.privoxy /etc/privoxy/config
ExecStop=/usr/bin/rm /var/run/privoxy.pid



  • I am still struggling with this (as in, still to this day). Thank you for this!
    – miversen33
    May 11, 2018 at 23:34

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