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Re: Changing clients to automatically find their proxy?

On Tue, 01 Jul 2008, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:

setting for automatically finding the proxy configuration.  This seem
to be called "Web Access Protocol Discovery" by KDE.  Anyone know how
it work?  I suspect it fetches the proxy information from DHCP, using
the wpad-url option (252), which is already set in Skolelinux to point
to "http://www/wpad.dat";.

If we could get both KDE, Firefox, wget and apt to automatically
detect and use the proper proxy, we would avoid one more hardcoded
configuration on the clients, and make it easier to deploy the client
in a large scale site.  wget and apt seem to be a problem for such
usage, as neither can run JavaScript files as far as I know.

Here is a draft patch for debian-edu-config to enable it.  It is not
yet tested.  Anyone got any experience with this?

i do it know for some years, the whole thing is based on the internet
explorer feature to find proxies.

and there is some goog documentation from microsoft for it:

there are two ways..
   - via DHCP (some IE have a bug, so they cut of the last char of the
     option 252)
- via DNS
and IMHO firefox is only using the DNS method

Florian Reitmeir

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