Sbopkg used to work on my computer untill the network admin started to make a compulsory for the user to use proxy before connecting to the Internet. So, when I tried to sync to slackbuilds, I'm getting these errors:

root@meh:~# sbopkg -r
Syncing with the remote repository into /var/lib/sbopkg/SBo/13.1.
rsync: failed to connect to slackbuilds.org: Connection timed out (110)
rsync error: error in socket IO (code 10) at clientserver.c(122) [Receiver=3.0.7]

Rsync reported a socket error which may be due to
a problem with the LINK value in sbopkg.conf.
(The repo's LINK is currently set to: slackbuilds.org::slackbuilds/13.1).
Please check your settings and try again later.
  • have you told sbopkg to use the proxy yet? looks like it is trying to communicate directly.
    – phunehehe
    Nov 21, 2010 at 13:31
  • I've tried exporting http_proxy and I believe the http_proxy setting is working since I can use wget but I think sbopkg uses rsync.
    – Amree
    Nov 21, 2010 at 14:04
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    – LnxSlck
    Jul 22, 2014 at 15:06

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The rsync docs suggest:

You may establish the connection via a web proxy by setting the environment variable RSYNC_PROXY to a hostname:port pair pointing to your web proxy. Note that your web proxy's configuration must allow proxying to port 873.

Have you tried that?

  • tried exporting rsync_proxy=someproxy:someport and I'm still getting the same error, how do I check if my network allow 873 port?
    – Amree
    Nov 22, 2010 at 3:28
  • Note that environment variables are usually case-sensitive, so rsync_proxy is not the same as RSYNC_PROXY. To see if it works, I'd try connecting to a public rsync URL with rsync. Strictly for testing, try this: mkdir test ; rsync -avzH --delete msync.centos.org::CentOS test Nov 23, 2010 at 16:36
  • Just tried and I got "bad response from proxy -- HTTP/1.0 403 Forbidden". I guess it's blocked, thanks for the guide.
    – Amree
    Dec 1, 2010 at 1:50

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