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Bug 50772 - Add http/ftp-proxy configuration
Add http/ftp-proxy configuration
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-network (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
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Reported: 2001-08-02 19:27 EDT by Enrico Scholz
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-08-02 19:27:47 EDT
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Description Enrico Scholz 2001-08-02 19:27:42 EDT
Linux installations behind firewalls are using http/ftp-proxies to provide
controlled access to web-resources. Their address is common for all users
of a system and therefore it should be set globally.

Alas, it is not standardized how is being set. I know the following ways:

1. the http_proxy, https_proxy, ftp_proxy and no_proxy environment
variables. They could be set by /etc/bashrc or a script in /etc/profile.d. 

This scheme is used by a lot of command-line tools like lynx or wget.

2. gnome-vfs uses gconf variables. In the current gnome-vfs there are still
some discrepancies (cdda module is using settings from nautilus, other
variables under /system/gnome-vfs).

Every application using gnome-vfs would use the proxy without

3. kde. I am not using it, but there exists probably a mechanism like (2).

4. application specific ways like preferences.js of Netscape or the
settings in /etc/sysconfig/rhn of up2date.

I think most applications are falling into the first three categories (or
can be brought into them). Therefore it would be nice if a Red Hat
configuration tool makes this settings.
Comment 1 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-08-05 15:37:55 EDT
Don't file bugs against multiple components against a single one.

That said, for the one you filed, proxy configuration won't be added this time.
Maybe later.
Comment 2 Enrico Scholz 2001-08-06 04:01:28 EDT
This report was not against multiple components. It said proxy-configuration is
common for some classes of applications and to keep consistency, it should
happen at a central place. redhat-config-network seems to be a reasonable
central place.

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