[CLUG-tech] ISA rolout at ICT

Jeremy Thurgood jerith at jerith.za.net
Tue Dec 4 09:51:12 SAST 2007


Kyle Williams wrote:
> Hi Rainer
> 
> On Tuesday 04 December 2007 09:20:15 Rainer M Krug wrote:
>> My question is:
>>
>> How does that affect programs (under Linux) in which I can not use the
>> automatic configuration script, but which use a direct proxy address?
>> I assume that browsers like firefox et al will work - but I am slightly
>> worried about the other programs (smart package manager, R, etc.) ---
>> especially ICTS help desk essentially told me that I should contact them
>> if it doesn't work and they will see if they can make a plan to make it
>> work.
> 
> Everything which does not run on the HTTP protocol works without a problem, 
> ie. email.
> For programs which use the HTTP protocol, such as for apt, rss, etc. you need 
> to set up the proxy. In KDE I do it under the control panel and everyting 
> works without a problem.

A slightly better solution (what I did at UKZN) might be to run a local 
squid proxy that talks to the real proxies and configure everything to 
talk to the local one. This saved me lots of reconfiguration when 
various campus proxies were in yoyo mode.

--J
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