Opened 13 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

#2821 closed enhancement (fixed)

Sugar should directly get proxy settings from gconf

Reported by: sridhar Owned by:
Priority: Unspecified by Maintainer Milestone: Unspecified
Component: Sugar Version: Git as of bugdate
Severity: Unspecified Keywords:
Cc: sridhar, tch Distribution/OS:
Bug Status: Unconfirmed


Sugar gets its proxy settings from $http_proxy. The exception is Browse, which uses gconf.

This can be confusing and difficult for users. They must set their proxy in a GNOME tool (gnome-network-properties), which only affects Browse in Sugar. There is no easy way to set it for the rest of Sugar. Important functions like Software Update will not work.

We have a workaround in OLPC AU's XO-AU OS:

It would be much better if Sugar used gconf directly instead of needing $http_proxy to be set. This would avoid duplication and allow us to write a nice Sugar GUI to set the proxy.

This is an important bug to fix for any network that has proxies that are not transparent. Schools in Australia are like this.

Change History (7)

comment:1 Changed 13 years ago by tch

  • Cc tch added

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by sridhar

Probably a separate issue, but yum keeps its own separate proxy config. It might be a good idea to ensure that a proxy defined in the GUI will also allow yum to work through the proxy.

comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by sridhar

According to silbe (on IRC),

"Sugar" doesn't get its proxy from anywhere currently - if we happen to evaluate http_proxy, it happens inside some component we use, probably Python.
we don't provide a custom network library, so no, there's no global setting.

We could work on getting Software Update to read gconf.

Ideally, maybe Sugar should have a unified network library that components and activities can use?

comment:4 Changed 13 years ago by sascha_silbe

  • Component changed from untriaged to sugar

comment:5 Changed 13 years ago by sascha_silbe

Python uses the <protocol>_proxy environment variables by default. If we add a listener for gconf change events (for the Gnome proxy settings) in sugar.activity.Activity and set the corresponding environment variables based on that, activities might work without modification.

comment:6 Changed 12 years ago by sascha_silbe

  • Distribution/OS OLPC deleted
  • Version changed from 0.84.x to Git as of bugdate

Related gio API: GProxyResolver

comment:7 Changed 10 years ago by godiard

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

Solved in Sugar 0.100

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