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Old 11-03-2016, 11:15 AM   #1
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Cannot install software using gnome-software behind a proxy

Hi all guys,
I wanted to share with you all a problem I faced out these days using a CentOS 7 installation behind a proxy with GNOME desktop environment.

After setted up proxy settings in /etc/environment I can correctly install software from repositories as usual with command
sudo yum install ...
but cannot install any packages using gnome-software application: clicking on install button, installation process stops and progress bar seems to be stucked...

after some diggings I found out gnome-software uses python urlgrubber module to download packages and that the whole process got stuck on the po.repo.getPackage instruction in the following block

cache=po.repo.http_caching != 'none',
except Errors.RepoError, e:
adderror(po, exception2msg(e))

of the /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/yum/ file

I thought it ignores environment proxy settings, and to verify that I added the following entry to the kwargs arguments of the po.repo.getPackage method
kwargs['proxies'] = {'http': 'proxy ip addroxy port'}
As expected that "fixed" the problem making gnome-software correctly download and install all requested packages.

Now, my questions are:
- Am I doing something wrong for which that module does not work?
- Is there a clean way to modify the module's code to make it keep in mind of the environment proxy settings?
- Or, is there a clean way to configure proxy settings on this module?

Any ideas?
Any help would be appreciated.
regards and thank you
Old 11-03-2016, 05:34 PM   #2
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Linux has never correctly used proxys that I've seen. They finally made some distros allow a global proxy setting in networking section but tools that go outside of it like apt and such have to have their config set if possible in some text or config file for each program. Even then it is sometimes flakey.

See this for some ideas or keep searching terms like gnome-software proxy.
Old 11-04-2016, 04:07 AM   #3
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Re: Cannot install software using gnome-software behind a proxy

Very thank you for your reply.

Finally I solved configuring static proxy settings in /etc/yum.conf.

gsettings seems to get correct proxy settings from the global settings in applications -> system tools -> settings; specifically, in global settings I' ve configured auto proxy configuration with a .pac script, but it only works for firefox.

Do you know which distro has these features?


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