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Re: Wrapping web browser to use a proxy

On Fri, Jan 16, 1998 at 03:26:42AM +0100, Martin Schulze wrote:
> what do you think about enclosing the web browsers to use a proxy for
> various services?  This would make it a lot easier for system
> administrators to make the installed software *use* the proxies.
> On my systems I have a file /etc/www.conf that looks like
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> # /etc/www.conf - Configuration file for all WWW browser and tools
> #

Well, Lynx lets you set these in /etc/lynx.cfg anyway.
And a script like this doesn't have any way to honor the user's
own settings. On one system I use at university, their proxy
is sometimes down or too slow, so I modify my http_proxy
or no_proxy environment variables to change it.

This script could check to see if the environment variables
were already set and then ignore then, but if they were left
intentionally blank it won't work.

On some systems it may be desirable not to let the user change
it though; with my ISP there is no point in changing it because
port 80 is firewalled to enforce proxy usage.

So can such a script cope with such policy decisions by the admin?
Can many browsers be configured this way?

Hamish Moffatt, hamish@debian.org, hamish@rising.com.au, hmoffatt@mail.com
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