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I have the following setup:

  • Windows 7 computer
  • Installation of Ruby, Vagrant, VirtualBox
  • VBox image Ubuntu 14.x
  • Working in the intranet of my company that needs a proxy to access the internet

I am able to configure the VBox image for the user vagrant to access the internet by setting the environment variable http_proxy to our proxy. However, when I try to set the proxy in a shell provisioner, I have problems. Here are the parts of the script that define the proxy, and the parts that make the first access to the internet:

# Base setup proxy and DISPLAY
set HTTP_PROXY=http://proxy.name.com:8080
echo "Add proxy to necessary parts"
echo 'export http_proxy=http://proxy.name.com:8080' >> ~vagrant/.bash_profile
echo 'export DISPLAY=' >> ~vagrant/.bash_profile
echo 'export http_proxy=http://proxy.name.com:8080' >> /root/.bash_profile
export http_proxy=$HTTP_PROXY

# Install Git
echo "Install Git"
apt-get update
apt-get install -y git

However, I get the following output:

Add proxy to necessary parts
Install Git
Err http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security InRelease

Err http://archive.ubuntu.com trusty InRelease

Err http://archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates InRelease

Err http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security Release.gpg
  Could not resolve 'security.ubuntu.com'
Err http://archive.ubuntu.com trusty Release.gpg
  Could not resolve 'archive.ubuntu.com'
Err http://archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates Release.gpg
  Could not resolve 'archive.ubuntu.com'
Reading package lists...
W: Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty/InRelease

How can I set inside a Unix script the proxy and use it immediately, so that apt-get, git clone, ... could be used?

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There's a plugin for it!

Install vagrant-proxyconf:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-proxyconf

Configure it (in $HOME/.vagrant.d/Vagrantfile for all Vagrant VMs):

Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
  if Vagrant.has_plugin?("vagrant-proxyconf")
    config.proxy.http     = ""
    config.proxy.https    = ""
    config.proxy.no_proxy = "localhost,"
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Will give it a try when I am in my company network again. Thank's for the idea! –  mliebelt Nov 9 '14 at 9:59
Worked like a charm. That is the more canonical solution, so I have taken this one instead of the one by f01 –  mliebelt Nov 10 '14 at 15:48

I tried this and it works, removed set.

HTTP_PROXY= export http_proxy=$HTTP_PROXY

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I will check this, and will come back in a minute. But looks promising (don't remember where SET is necessary, Windows?). –  mliebelt Nov 7 '14 at 10:37
In BASH, set is for setting shell options stuff. :) –  f01 Nov 7 '14 at 10:39
Worked, found the next syntax error, but now I am able to get things from the internet. Great! –  mliebelt Nov 7 '14 at 10:45
I have marked the solution by tmatilai as the right one, because it is the solution that fits much better. –  mliebelt Nov 10 '14 at 15:49
In Bash we use "export", in Fish we use "set". Windows, what is that? –  Achmed Durangi Jul 3 at 9:13

There is no point install plugins when you can't even access to internet.

On Windows, you can set as below:



This should work.

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Sorry, wrong answer. I want to set the proxy automatically in the linux environment provisioned by Vagrant. I have access to the internet, and want a solution that does the provisioning for me. The installation of the plugin is done in the host environment (which is Windows) ... –  mliebelt Jan 1 at 16:37

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