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       privoxy - Privacy Enhancing Proxy


       privoxy  [--help  ]  [--version  ]  [--no-daemon ] [--pidfile pidfile ]
       [--user user[.group] ] [--chroot ]  [--pre-chroot-nslookup  hostname  ]
       [configfile ]


       Privoxy may be invoked with the following command line options:

       --help Print brief usage info and exit.

              Print version info and exit.

              Don’t   become   a  daemon,  i.e.  don’t fork and become process
              group leader, don’t detach from  controlling  tty,  and  do  all
              logging there.

       --pidfile pidfile
              On startup, write the process ID to pidfile.  Delete the pidfile
              on exit.  Failure to create or delete the pidfile is  non-fatal.
              If no --pidfile option is given, no PID file will be used.

       --user user[.group]
              After  (optionally)  writing the PID file, assume the user ID of
              user and the GID of group, or, if the  optional  group  was  not
              given, the default group of user. Exit if the privileges are not
              sufficient to do so.

              Before changing to the user  ID  given  in  the  --user  option,
              chroot  to  that  user’s  home  directory,  i.e. make the kernel
              pretend to the Privoxy process that the  directory  tree  starts
              there.  If  set  up  carefully,  this  can  limit  the impact of
              possible vulnerabilities in Privoxy to the  files  contained  in
              that hierarchy.

       --pre-chroot-nslookup hostname
              Initialize   the   resolver   library   using   hostname  before
              chroot’ing. On some systems this reduces  the  number  of  files
              that must be copied into the chroot tree.

       If  the  configfile  is  not  specified on  the  command  line, Privoxy
       will  look for a file named config in  the  current  directory.  If  no
       configfile is found, Privoxy will fail to start.


       Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities
       for enhancing privacy,  modifying  web  page  data  and  HTTP  headers,
       controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk.
       Privoxy has a flexible configuration and  can  be  customized  to  suit
       individual  needs  and tastes.  It has application for both stand-alone
       systems and multi-user networks.

       Privoxy is Free Software and licensed under the GNU GPLv2.

       Privoxy is an associated project of Software  in  the  Public  Interest

       Helping hands and donations are welcome:




       Browsers can either be individually configured to use Privoxy as a HTTP
       proxy (recommended), or Privoxy can be combined with a packet filter to
       build  an intercepting proxy (see config).  The default setting is  for
       localhost,  on port  8118 (configurable in the main config  file).   To
       set  the  HTTP  proxy  in Firefox, go through: Tools; Options; General;
       Connection Settings; Manual Proxy Configuration.

       For  Internet  Explorer,  go  through:  Tools;   Internet   Properties;
       Connections; LAN Settings.

       The Secure (SSL) Proxy should also be set to the same values, otherwise
       https: URLs will not be proxied. Note: Privoxy can only proxy HTTP  and
       HTTPS  traffic.  Do  not  try  it  with  FTP or other protocols.  HTTPS
       presents some limitations, and not all features will  work  with  HTTPS

       For other browsers, check the documentation.


       Privoxy  can  be  configured  with the various configuration files. The
       default configuration files are: config, default.filter, default.action
       and  default.action.  user.action  should  be  used for locally defined
       exceptions to the default rules in match-all.action and default.action,
       and  user.filter for locally defined filters. These are well commented.
       On Unix and Unix-like systems, these are located  in  /etc/privoxy/  by

       Privoxy  uses  the  concept  of actions in order to manipulate the data
       stream between the browser and remote sites.  There are various actions
       available  with  specific  functions  for  such  things as blocking web
       sites, managing cookies, etc. These actions can be invoked individually
       or  combined,  and used against individual URLs, or groups of URLs that
       can be defined using wildcards and regular expressions. The  result  is
       that the user has greatly enhanced control and freedom.

       The  actions list (ad blocks, etc) can also be configured with your web
       browser  at  (assuming  the   configuration
       allows it).  Privoxys configuration parameters  can also  be viewed at
       the same page. In addition, Privoxy can be toggled on/off.  This is  an
       internal page, and does not require Internet access.

       See the User Manual for a detailed explanation of installation, general
       usage, all configuration options, new features and notes on  upgrading.



       Various  other  files  should  be  included,  but may vary depending on
       platform and build configuration. Additional  documentation  should  be
       included in the local documentation directory.


       Privoxy  terminates  on  the  SIGINT,  SIGTERM and SIGABRT signals. Log
       rotation scripts may cause a re-opening of the  logfile  by  sending  a
       SIGHUP  to  Privoxy.  Note that unlike other daemons,  Privoxy does not
       need to be made aware of config file  changes  by  SIGHUP  --  it  will
       detect them automatically.


       Please  see  the  User  Manual  on  how  to contact the developers, for
       feature requests, reporting problems, and other questions.


       Other references and sites of interest to Privoxy users:, the Privoxy Home page., the Privoxy FAQ., the Privoxy developer manual.,  the Project Page for Privoxy
       on SourceForge., the web-based user interface. Privoxy  must
       be running for this to work. Shortcut: http://p.p/,  to submit
       ‘‘misses’’  and  other  configuration  related   suggestions   to   the


        Fabian Keil, lead developer
        David Schmidt, developer

        Hal Burgiss
        Mark Miller
        Gerry Murphy
        Lee Rian
        Roland Rosenfeld


       Copyright    (C)    2001-2010    by    Privoxy    Developers   <ijbswa->

       Some source code is based on  code  Copyright  (C)  1997  by  Anonymous
       Coders  and Junkbusters, Inc. and licensed under the GNU General Public

       Privoxy is free software; you can  redistribute  it  and/or  modify  it
       under  the  terms  of  the  GNU  General  Public License, version 2, as
       published by the Free Software Foundation.

       This program is distributed in the hope that it  will  be  useful,  but
       WITHOUT   ANY   WARRANTY;   without   even   the  implied  warranty  of
       General Public License for details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU GPL along with this program;
       if not, write to  the   Free  Software  Foundation,  Inc.  51  Franklin
       Street, Fifth Floor Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA