I've set up a squid forward proxy to cache all internet requests. I have a public ip and opened port 3128. Now I just need to set my ubuntu server to force all internet connections to pass through this proxy, using the ip address and port number.

I know this command which will make ubuntu access the internet via a proxy, but I was told it wasn't permanent.

export http_proxy="http://proxy.example.com:8080"

Which command do I need to use to force ubuntu to go through this proxy regardless of reboots or sessions?



The proposed solution can't work in the general case - it assumes that everything will acknowledge and use the Environment variable.

In order to make this work for HTTP, you need to set u a "Transparent Proxy", which generally requires IPTABLES nat rules to capture and redirect the traffic. Have a look here for how to do this.

Doing the same thing for HTTPS is practical but you will need to additionally install a CA in SQUID and accept it in the Ubuntu box so it can intercept the traffic.

This might not be practical with FTP (I've not tried it)

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You have to set some settings in /etc/environment to make it permanent:

  • Open the /etc/environment file with vi (or your favorite editor). This file stores the system-wide variables initialized upon boot.
  • Add the following lines, modifying appropriately. You must duplicate in both upper-case and lower-case because (unfortunately) some programs only look for one or the other:

  • apt-get, aptitude, etc. will not obey the environment variables when used normally with sudo. So separately configure them; create a file called 95proxies in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/, and include the following:

     Acquire::http::proxy "http://myproxy.server.com:8080/";
    Acquire::ftp::proxy "ftp://myproxy.server.com:8080/";
    Acquire::https::proxy "https://myproxy.server.com:8080/";   

Finally, logout and reboot to make sure the changes take effect.

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  • Right, I've performed all of the steps and added the settings. However CGI scripts seem to ignore the rules. What do I need to do to have CGI scripts also obey them? – jc.yin Jul 19 '13 at 19:53
  • Do you have logged out and in after you changed it? – donothingloop Jul 19 '13 at 19:57
  • Well I've rebooted the server.. so shouldn't that mean I've logged in and out? But still CGI scripts that make internet connections outside seem to ignore the environment wide rules – jc.yin Jul 19 '13 at 22:17
  • do we still need to configure url in the browser to access internet through proxy ?? ( eq. inside firefox settings > Configure proxies to access internet ) – pkm Aug 5 '17 at 10:35

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