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I'm using a Slackware 14 VirtualBox guest on Windows 7 behind a work proxy. Having battled a bit with network settings I've gotten to the point where I can browse the web in Firefox by using the proxy.pac script URL in LAN settings.

My question is how can I set up commandline packages (slackpkg and R in particular) which require the physical proxy address rather than using URL to download content. I can't figure out what the proxy address is that I should update /etc/profile with.

What am I missing here?

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If firefox uses the desired proxy, then you can get the Proxy's IP and port. As root:

netstat -t -n -p | grep firefox
  • works perfectly - simple answer and easy to implement in a script. thanks – gareth_t Jul 17 '13 at 11:41

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