When I was using polipo on Ubuntu, it automatically start at system boot.
Now I'm using opensuse, I installed polipo from the repository, however, I have to manually start it by using "sudo polipo". If root privilege is not given, polipo won't work correctly.
I installed and configured polipo/tor a while back and one of the things that regularly surprises me is this:
Boot up and Firefox, which is configured to use the polipo SOCKS proxy, always goes through tor (via https://check.torproject.org) but Chromium does not go through tor, till I've been booted for a while.
I installed Tor & Polipo via the Software Center. I followed instructions found at this question (but since the config file was 404, I used a config from Tor + Polipo 5 Minute Install Guide Ubuntu 11.10).
Tor & Polipo are working properly. I set my network to manual proxy & added the 127.0.0.1:8118 for all but socks (which is 9050). Those are the ports set in the Polipo config file.
First of all, I'm really new to Ubuntu and Tor. I've been trying to get tor working for days now and I can't seem to do it. Right now I'm trying to remove all remnants of tor/vidalia/polipo from my computer so I can start fresh again. I've uninstalled vidalia and tor from the software center, but there's still two folders in the /etc directory (privoxy and polipo).