working behind a proxy/firewall

Paul.Newman at Paul.Newman at
Wed Aug 2 12:02:31 BST 2000

further to the recent question, more about setting your environment variables so
that make fetches stuff thru your "wingate." I'm behind an MS proxy too :-(

Note in particular the required notation for HTTP_PROXY_AUTH.

Let us know if you dont have any success after this.

export the following environment variables

# being the IP address and port number of the HTTP proxy server
# you can tell if you need the basic bit by running mozilla and see if it asks
for your username and password for basicrealm if
# you try to go somewhere after telling it your proxy IP number and password.
After basic is your proxy server's IP address
# and port number.

This sets you up for using the HTTP proxy. According to man fetch, HTTP proxies
can also handle FTP.

For good measure I added the following  (They might not be needed but I havent
tried it without them)
# being the same address and port as the http proxy server


FTP_PASSIVE=Y at my.domain
# my proxy server passes an illegal email address to ftp servers otherwise
(user at localhost)

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