I'm trying to setup a squid proxy with ncsa_auth but I cant find ncsa_auth on my system

I installed squid with apt-get install squid

As i understand it it should be installed with squid, anyone know of another way to install it or why it wasn't installed in the first place?

$ dpkg -L squid
  • Maybe you should try squid3 instead squid.
    – Braiam
    Jul 25, 2013 at 14:19
  • squid installs squid3 i looked throe new programs that was going to be installed
    – Kempe
    Jul 25, 2013 at 14:41

3 Answers 3


squid is a "dummy transitional package from squid to squid3". Probably squid3 is already installed in your system, as squid depends on squid3.

ncsa_auth is located in /usr/lib/squid3/.


I just had the same problem. In my situation the name of the file is "basic_ncsa_auth", and this simpe difference makes a mess hehe.

I hope it can help you.

  • 2
    Today is a good day to get the habit to add * at every file search :-) find / -name *ncsa_auth*. Thank you.
    – m3nda
    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:16

You are looking in the wrong package with dpkg -L there. The squid package is a transitional package, which only depends on squid3 which does contain the ncsa_auth program.

  • 1
    Thanks to both of you, you where about a minute faster so... :)
    – Kempe
    Jul 25, 2013 at 14:43

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