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Bug 23215 - in rhn-config the proxy url format is bad
in rhn-config the proxy url format is bad
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: up2date (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
Jay Turner
: 35234 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2001-01-03 07:24 EST by Levente Farkas
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:42 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-08 18:59:10 EDT
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Description Levente Farkas 2001-01-03 07:24:34 EST
in rhn-config the proxy url format is bad is not very intuitive.
it would be better to be two line server: and port: rather than the
current form where the
http://proxy.x.y:3128/ is not valid and the
proxy.x.y:3128 is valid.
I don't think the joe user can find it out !
and there is not even a help button:-(((
Comment 1 Andrew Bartlett 2001-01-04 05:11:27 EST
Its even harder without the GUI, try editing the configuration file for that!
(The only hint is the compaint about non-numeric ports when you actualy try and
run up2date)
Comment 2 Jim Henderson 2001-01-04 12:41:44 EST
In addition to this, it seems that proxies that require authentication can't be
configured.  I can't find any documentation about how to do this.

I've tried user:password@proxy:80 as a format, and end up with nothing.

The error message I get is as follows:

There was a fatal error communicating with the server.  The message was:
unable to set up CONNECTION tunnel

Comment 3 Larry J. Kopenkoskey 2001-01-12 09:26:23 EST
>In addition to this, it seems that proxies that require authentication can't
>be configured.  I can't find any documentation about how to do this.

>I've tried user:password@proxy:80 as a format, and end up with nothing.

I'd like to stress this comment.  I have problems with this at my place of
employment.  The RH's update tool doesn't appear to have the hooks necessary to
authenticate through a proxy/firewall.  If it does, please let us all know how.
Comment 4 Steven Freed 2001-02-03 02:00:33 EST
I've had lenghty exchanges via email with RH support on this topic and
they don't seem to comprehend the fact that some proxies require a user
name and password. They kept telling me to talk to my firewall administrator.
...We'll just ignore the fact that I'm the Network Security Admin. here and I 
built the firewall.  I really hope someone addresses this soon.
Comment 5 Preston Brown 2001-02-09 00:31:10 EST
working on it.
Comment 6 Cristian Gafton 2001-02-19 20:32:39 EST
Assigned QA to jturner
Comment 7 Preston Brown 2001-03-05 16:33:57 EST
note on proxy format added to config file in CVS.
Comment 8 Jay Turner 2001-03-06 10:53:56 EST
Authenticated proxies appear to be working correctly with the latest CVS code
(from the 3/6 tree)  Should be shipped in the next release.
Comment 9 Preston Brown 2001-04-08 18:59:06 EDT
*** Bug 35234 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 10 Preston Brown 2001-04-12 16:57:49 EDT
addressed in errata due out today.
Comment 11 Steven Freed 2001-04-21 02:44:51 EDT
Sigh! I just got the new update for up2date and rhn-register and this still is
not resolved. While it appears that up2date supports an authenticated proxy,
rhn-register does not.

Since up2date requires that rhn-register be run, up2date is still useless. (and,
of course, I can't test up2date to make sure it really does work)

The release notes claim that rhn-register does support authenticated proxy, but
a quick perusal through the python code shows that this is clearly not true.

Can you *please* add authenticated proxy to rhn-register?
Comment 12 Jim Henderson 2001-04-24 15:41:25 EDT
As sfreed said, rhn_register still won't run because it doesn't support
authenticated proxies.  A workaround that I've just used with RH 7.1 is to go to
the Red Hat Network, create an identity if you don't have one already, and then
add a system to the profile.  Follow the instructions for a setup that does not
require rhn_register (ie, on the web).  Once you follow the steps there, run
up2date-config as root and set up the proxy.  I'm downloading updates to 7.1
right now, seems to be working just fine (so the up2date fix actually does work,

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