Manual Page: SOCKSIFY(1)
socksify - runtime socksification of selected programs
The shell script socksify is meant to aid in using socks with already
compiled dynamic binaries. This works by setting the LD_PRELOAD envi-
ronment variable to libdsocks. It will then attempt to wrap all net-
working-related system calls.
When used the script can socksify a program by simply prefixing the
given program and it's arguments with the the socksify script, like in
the example below.
$ socksify ftp ftp.example.org
The socksify script, and the Dante socks library used by the socksify
script, can interpret several environment variables.
Gives the name of the socks.conf file. Default is
/etc/socks.conf, unless it was changed when compiling the Dante
Creating a socks.conf is the recommended way to use socksify,
but socksify can also be used for most simple configurations
without any socks.conf file, as long as the proxy server to use
is set in one of the supported environment variables.
Enables debug loging. The value given should be a number, one
or up, indicating the level of debuging provided.
This value controls where the client library sends logoutput.
It can be either syslog, stdout, stderr, a filename, or a combi-
nation. The default is nowhere.
Use the value of SOCKS_USERNAME as the username when doing user-
Use the value of SOCKS_PASSWORD as the password when doing user-
name authentication. Not recommended as other users on the sys-
tem might be able to see your password.
SOCKS_SERVER, SOCKS4_SERVER, SOCKS5_SERVER,
These variables allow the address of the server to be specified
without having a socks.conf file. The accepted format is <ipad-
dress>:<port>. If the SOCKS_SERVER value is set, it indicates
the specified server supports all socks versions supported by
Dante. If if either of the other two variables are used, they
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indicate the given socks server supports only the corresponding
socks version, v4 or v5. Note that if the socks server requires
any form of authentication, you need to use SOCKS5_SERVER, as v4
does not support authentication.
This variable can be used to specify the location of a HTTP
proxy supporting the connect request. The format used to spec-
ify a HTTP proxy is http://<ipaddress>:<port>.
This variable can be used to specify the location of a UPNP
enabled IGD router. There are three possible value for this
variable: a full URL, the interface name the router is reachable
via, or the value "broadcast" to search for the IGD on all
Note that if any of the above environment variables, indicating the
proxy server to use are set, the Dante client will not parse the
If this variable is set to "no", the client will not try to
auto-add direct routes for all addresses on the lan. The
default is to add them.
If this variable is set, the client will not perform threadlock-
ing. The default is for the client to attempt to figure out for
itself whether the application to socksify needs threadlocking
For inferno Nettverk A/S:
socks.conf(5), sockd(8), sockd.conf(5) Information about new releases
and other related issues can be found on the Dante WWW home page:
See the accompanying BUGS file. New ones should be reported to
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