[CLUG-tech] ISA rolout at ICT

Rainer M Krug rainer.linux at krugs.de
Tue Dec 4 10:43:23 SAST 2007

Jeremy Thurgood wrote:
> 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.

Sounds interesting - but I just installed squid and looked at the config 
(using gadminsquid and webmin) but I a just overwhelmed by the options. 
Is there an easy way to configure it as local only, very small (or no) 
disc cache and sending requests through to other proxies?

> --J

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