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I just set up a squid proxy as a parent proxy to HAVP. When I or other users try to access a domain with an address like "http://foo" I get the following squid error in the browser:

The dnsserver returned:

    Server Failure: The name server was unable to process this query. 

However, "" works fine. The search domain in resolv.conf on both the client and proxy host is (There a better term for "search domain"?)

Is there a way to correct this, maybe something in the squid.conf file?.

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Also if someone can enlighten me as to why it works this way, I would appreciate that as well. – Kyle Brandt Apr 26 '10 at 19:36
Do nslookup and ping return results for your domain on the client and proxy? – nedm Apr 27 '10 at 5:57
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I needed:


in my squid.conf file. (Thought I grepped through conf for domain, must have missed it the first time).

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