User friendly proxy configuration

Bill Shirley bshirley at
Wed Nov 19 03:33:59 UTC 2014

The OP was talking about running a centralized proxy.  Put this in /etc/profile or /etc/inputrc (can't remember which) 
per machine.

Sorry not to have spelled it out.


On 11/18/2014 4:22 AM, Cameron Simpson wrote:
> On 18Nov2014 02:31, Bill Shirley <bshirley at> wrote:
>> You can put this in your ~/.bashrc:
>> export http_proxy=""
>> export ftp_proxy=""
> They both need to be ""; the proxy protocol is HTTP, hence the same scheme for each. Also 
> https_proxy. Of course, adjusted for whatever is correct.
>> I'm not sure how many utilities use it but I think wget does.
> Quite a few.
> However, the point of the OP was to set this at a system level as a default for many machines, so the .bashrc is 
> pretty much the worst place to want to put this, being a per-user setting (and only for those using bash, and only for 
> settings where that is involved in invoking applications).
> Cheers,
> Cameron Simpson <cs at>
> I thought back to other headaches from my past and sneered at their
> ineffectiveness.        - Harry Harrison

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