[ubuntu-uk] proxy settings with log in for package manager?

Andrés Muñiz Piniella andresmp at gmail.com
Fri Sep 6 14:51:03 UTC 2013

I am using kubuntu 12.04 but it should be a cross platform problem I think.

The problem I had was that the proxy was not letting me get online.
I changed the proxy settings via the network settings GUI and it was
all fine for rekonq web browser but muon (the package manager) did not
update .

Of course it did not tell me it was the proxy setting (I do not think
it could tell me) it just told me that I could not reach such and such
web pages.

I finally came up the solution: looking up in askubuntu [1] it seems I
need my username and password on a plain text file the


Is this solution the best? is there a more elegant solution?
Also, it keeps asking me for my username and password to use the web
browser but does not do this for package manager. I much rather have
it ask me for username and password on both aplications. Rather than
having my username and password written in plain text.

Or is this the normal way things work and I should not be too fussed about it?

Also, when using apt-get it finds the packages fine now but it is
telling me that some of the files are not authentificated and that I
should not trust them. It is a fresh install and I have not set any
PPA. I was only installing gimp and gwyddion which normally do not
give me any problems.

Thanks for any pointers!

[1] http://askubuntu.com/questions/23666/apt-get-does-not-work-with-proxy

Andrés Muñiz-Piniella

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