[Bug 580523] Re: Flash Plugin / Update Manager / PROXY not being honored

Eric Litak 580523 at bugs.launchpad.net
Wed Nov 3 00:42:58 UTC 2010

This affects me as well with flashplugin-
installer_10.1.85.3ubuntu0.10.04.1_amd64.deb (and all previous
versions). The reason this happens is that the postinst script ignores
all apt proxy settings when using wget to fetch the tarball.

I have a workaround though:
I let the download fail for exactly 20 tries -- incidentally, this can't easily be cancelled (you must 'kill' the wget process) and that is a separate but equally important bug against this package, IMO. After that, i just sudo http_proxy=http://myproxy.com:myport/ dpkg-reconfigure flashplugin-installer, or, more generally:
sudo bash -c 'eval $(apt-config shell http_proxy Acquire::http::Proxy) dpkg-reconfigure flashplugin-installer'
(replace http with https or ftp if that's what you use)

The proper way to fix this is to have the postinst script that's using
wget to fetch the tarball honor what's in /etc/apt/apt.conf{,d/*}, that
way the user doesn't have to set the proxy through environment variables
that wget will pick up. Here's a patch that does that along with
reducing the tries to a more reasonable count of 2:

--- postinst    2010-09-20 16:40:50.000000000 -0700
+++ postinst.fixed      2010-11-02 17:31:06.969230608 -0700
@@ -62,6 +62,12 @@
                echo "dirstruct = off" >> wgetrc
                echo "verbose = on" >> wgetrc
                echo "progress = dot:default" >> wgetrc
+               echo "tries = 2" >> wgetrc
+               eval export $(apt-config shell              \
+                       http_proxy   Acquire::http::Proxy   \
+                       https_proxy  Acquire::https::Proxy  \
+                       ftp_proxy    Acquire::ftp::Proxy    \
+               )
                # downloading the plugin
                echo "Downloading..."

I've tested this and it should be a comprehensive fix for the problem,
as far as I can tell.

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