Monday, November 01, 2010

Ubuntu Update Manager's Proxy does not change when system proxy is changed

All efforts to change the Update Manager's proxy come to a grinding halt without any solution. The reason for this fallout is that the proxy is "hidden" at a very safe location. Ubuntu Update Manager's proxy does not change after changing the system-wide proxy or proxy of synaptic program. The reason is that it uses the apt-get's proxy settings. Which can be amended by looking at the /etc/apt/apt.conf file. This file contains the information about proxy servers.
Acquire::http::proxy "http://ProxyServerAddress:ProxyServerPort/";
Acquire::ftp::proxy "ftp://ProxyServerAddress: ProxyServerPort/";
This information can be amended to gain direct access to the internet or if the need is to change to a different proxy server. 

3 comments:

Rab said...

I had similar experience with Ubuntu but never had any problem like this using Debian. Overall I have left Ubuntu in the favour of Debain. Try it once....I bet you will like it.

Zahid Irfan said...

Thanks Rab I sure will try Debian someday. I need a new machine and planning to buy it soon. I will install Debian and then provide feedback here.

Rab said...

You can use virtual machine on the PC and have many operating systems at the same time. Virtual box and vmware are the top options to try....