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Old 07-13-2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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Question set autoconfig proxy for update/apt in 7.04

Having trouble getting Synaptic or apt to update anything in 7.04 Desktop. I have an automatic proxy configuration URL that I need to enter for the proxy. I have exported this URL as the http_proxy variable in my .bash_profile (created new file) and in /etc/profile. I can also enter it in the proper field in Firefox, and that connects to the internet just fine. But I tried to enter it into the network settings for Synaptic and Update Manager, and it doesn't work.

This isn't an odd port, or a user/password combination; the URL is in the format:

None of the suggested fixes I've found (create a /etc/apt/apt.conf file, edit the /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/70debconf file, etc.) seem to work. How do I get the update software to recognize a URL like this?

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Old 07-14-2007, 02:08 PM   #2
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I don't think that APT supports PAC files, so you should export the actual address of the proxy, rather than specifying the URL for the PAC.

This question looks like your situation:


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