[Privoxy-users] Mac version 3.0.26 (stable) question

Ian Silvester iansilvester at fastmail.fm
Mon Nov 6 19:20:12 UTC 2017


Hi Thomas,

user.action is world writable so I don't know why OS X is having a
problem in letting you edit it. In Terminal, try using the built-in text
editor (called nano) as follows:
cd /usr/local/etc/privoxy

nano user.action

Google can tell you how to use the nano editor. Insert the entry you
wish then save. If you still cannot do so, exit then try:
sudo nano user.action

You will be prompted for your login password this time - so long as it
is accepted you should not have trouble editing the file and saving.
Ian



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On Mon, 6 Nov 2017, at 13:23, Thomas Cha wrote:
> Hi Ian,
> 
> Here's what I'm getting.
> 
> total 808
> 90226243 drwxr-xr-x  21 root        714  5 Nov 02:46 .
> 90226242 drwxr-xr-x   3 root        102 25 Oct  2016 ..
> 90226422 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy  68280 30 Oct 17:32 config
> 90536456 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy  62324  5 Nov 02:46 config.new
> 90228241 -rw-r--r--   1 _privoxy  68280  5 Nov 02:46 config.old
> 90536453 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy  91347  5 Nov 02:46 default.action
> 90536454 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy  40438  5 Nov 02:46 default.filter
> 90226421 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy    667 30 Oct 17:32 match-all.action> 90536455 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy    627  5 Nov 02:46 match-
> all.action.new> 90228243 -rw-r--r--   1 _privoxy    667  5 Nov 02:46 match-
> all.action.old> 90226244 drwxr-xr-x  78 root       2652  5 Nov 02:46 templates
> 90228247 drwxr-xr-x  41 _privoxy   1394 30 Oct 18:07 templates.old
> 90226423 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy   3761 30 Oct 17:32 trust
> 90536457 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy   3761  5 Nov 02:46 trust.new
> 90228244 -rw-r--r--   1 _privoxy   3761  5 Nov 02:46 trust.old
> 90226424 -rw-rw-rw-   1 _privoxy   8794 30 Oct 17:32 user.action
> 90536458 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy   8794  5 Nov 02:46 user.action.new
> 90228245 -rw-r--r--   1 _privoxy   8794  5 Nov 02:46 user.action.old
> 90226425 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy   3357 30 Oct 17:32 user.filter
> 90536459 -rw-rw-r--   1 _privoxy   3334  5 Nov 02:46 user.filter.new
> 90228246 -rw-r--r--   1 _privoxy   3357  5 Nov 02:46 user.filter.old
> 
> Thomas
> 
> 
> 
> On Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 1:07 PM, Ian Silvester
> <iansilvester at fastmail.fm> wrote:>> __
>> Hi Thomas,
>> 
>> Since OS X is refusing to elevate your privileges we'll need to look
>> into this. Please open Terminal and execute the following commands:>> 
>> cd /usr/local/etc/privoxy
>> 
>> ls -alio
>> 
>> 
>> Then please send back a cut/paste of the output of the second
>> command.>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> My PGP public key[2]
>> 
>> 
>> On Sun, 5 Nov 2017, at 17:19, Thomas Cha wrote:
>>> Hi Ian,
>>> 
>>> Sorry for the late reply. Here are the answers to your questions:
>>> 
>>> - Mac OS X 10.10.5
>>> - Settings > Users & Groups > my account listed as Admin
>>> (I do see privoxy server as Sharing Only)
>>> 
>>> Code I'm trying to add:
>>> {+block{link assistant.} +handle-as-empty-document}
>>> 
>>> www.link-assistant.com
>>> 
>>> 208.115.108.42
>>> 
>>> link-assistant.com
>>> 
>>> .link-assistant.com
>>> 
>>> 
>>> I'm very hopeful you can help me get this figured out.
>>> 
>>> Thanks again so much.
>>> Thomas
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 12:31 PM, Ian Silvester
>>> <iansilvester at fastmail.fm> wrote:>>>> Hi Thomas,
>>>> 
>>>> What version of macOS do you have, could you confirm how you
>>>> know your>>>> account has admin rights, and could you paste into your reply the
>>>> snippet of code you'd like to add to user.action?
>>>> Do not uninstall/reinstall at this point, it will not help solve
>>>> your issue.
>>>> Ian
>>>> 
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>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> On Sun, 5 Nov 2017, at 11:08, Thomas Cha wrote:
>>>> > Hi Ian,
>>>> >
>>>> > Writing back to you much earlier than I thought.
>>>> >
>>>> > I tried adding the code to the user.action file and ran into a
>>>> > permission problem. Then same thing with the config file. Here's
>>>> > the>>>> > message I'm getting in both cases:>
>>>> > You don't own the file "config" and don't have permission to
>>>> > write to it.> You can duplicate this document and edit the
>>>> > duplicate. Only the>>>> > duplicate will include your changes.> [Cancel] [Duplicate]
>>>> >
>>>> > What do I do? Make the duplicate and rename it to the original
>>>> > file name?>
>>>> > I tried right clicking on the files to change the permission from>>>> > there to be able to read & write but that didn't seem to help. My>>>> > account has the admin rights.>
>>>> > Thanks.
>>>> > Thomas
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 11:01 AM, Thomas Cha
>>>> > <tomcha75 at gmail.com> wrote:>> Hi Ian,
>>>> >>
>>>> >> Thanks so much for your reply. I'm going to have to r-read it
>>>> >> several>>>> >> times to digest what you're saying, but I think I understand.>>>>>> >> And I have been given a snippet of code to copy and paste to the>>>> >> bottom of the file so I should be ok, or I hope so.>> If all
>>>> >> else fails, then I will just delete and reinstall and try the>>>> >> online method you prescribed.>>
>>>> >> Thanks again so much for your taking the time to reply. Really
>>>> >> appreciate the help.>>
>>>> >>
>>>> >> Thomas
>>>> >>
>>>> >>
>>>> >>
>>>> >>
>>>> >> On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 10:53 AM, Ian Silvester
>>>> >> <iansilvester at fastmail.fm> wrote:>>> Hi Thomas,
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>  All the configuration files are located at
>>>> >>>  /usr/local/etc/privoxy.>>>> >>>  macOS>>>  hides the /usr folder from Finder however, so to get
>>>> >>>  macOS>>>  there from>>>> >>>  Finder>>>  you'll need to type Cmd-Shift-G and type /usr in
>>>> >>>  Finder>>>  the box that>>>> >>>  shows, the>>>  navigate down through the folders. So long as
>>>> >>>  your macOS>>>> >>>  account has>>>  admin rights you'll be able to edit Privoxy's
>>>> >>>  configuration>>>> >>>  files in a>>>  text editor.
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>  That said, if you're new to Privoxy, you might be best off
>>>> >>>  adding>>>> >>>  rules>>>  to user.action via the web UI, since it will handle
>>>> >>>  rules>>>  getting the>>>> >>>  syntax>>>  right for you. To enable that, edit the file config
>>>> >>>  syntax>>>  (at the path I>>>  listed above) and change the
>>>> >>>  syntax>>>  value of setting enable-edit-actions>>>> >>>  to 1.>>>  From then on, you can browse to http://p.p in your
>>>> >>>  web browser>>>> >>>  to edit>>>  your rules.
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>  Hope that helps,
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>  Ian
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>  My PGP public
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>>>> >>>
>>>> >>> On Sun, 5 Nov 2017, at 02:48, Thomas Cha wrote:
>>>> >>>  > I'm completely new and don't know if this is the right place
>>>> >>>  > to>>>> >>>  > ask.>>>  > (sorry
>>>> >>>  > if it's not and please let me know where)
>>>> >>>  >
>>>> >>>  > Downloaded the Mac OS X version 3.0.26 from
>>>> >>>  > https://sourceforge.net/projects/ijbswa/files/Macintosh%20%28OS%20X%29/3.0.26%20%28stable%29/I>>>
>>>> >>>  > > downloaded the Privoxy 3.0.26 65 bit.pkg then ran and
>>>> >>>  > installed>>>> >>>  > it.>>>  >
>>>> >>>  > For something I need to do, it's telling me to go to the
>>>> >>>  > Privoxy>>>  > installation directory (I found the folder in
>>>> >>>  > the Applications>>>> >>>  > folder)>>>  > and
>>>> >>>  > add some lines to the end of the user.action file. But I
>>>> >>>  > can't>>>> >>>  > seem to>>>  > find
>>>> >>>  > this file anywhere.
>>>> >>>  >
>>>> >>>  > Where do I look to find it?
>>>> >>>  >
>>>> >>>  > I saw it in a version recommended at the top of the list (by>>>> >>>  > clicking on>>>  > the link "Download privoxy-3.0.24-stable-
>>>> >>>  > src.tar.gz (1.7 MB)")>>>> >>>  > and found>>>  > the user.action file but couldn't install
>>>> >>>  > it. I'm guessing that>>>> >>>  > was for>>>  > Windows and not for Mac...
>>>> >>>  >
>>>> >>>  > Where I do find the right file? Or if I have the right file,
>>>> >>>  > then>>>> >>>  > where>>>  > do
>>>> >>>  > I find the user.action after having installed it?
>>>> >>>  >
>>>> >>>  > Thanks.
>>>> >>>  > Thomas
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