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Date:      Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:27:46 -0600 (MDT)
From:      Dennis Glatting <>
To:        Damien Fleuriot <>
Subject:   Re: Using a "special" proxy for ports
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On Mon, 27 Jun 2011, Damien Fleuriot wrote:

> On 6/27/11 4:52 AM, Dennis Glatting wrote:
>> I have a requirement where I need to archive ports used across twenty
>> hosts for a year or more. I've decided to do this using Squid and to
>> take advantage of Squid's cache when updating common ports across those
>> hosts.
>> (BTW, at another site I used rsync to sync /usr/ports/distfiles across
>> the hosts to a local master site then specified _MASTER_SITES_DEFAULT in
>> make.conf to a FTP server on the local site. That method works when the
>> port is previously cached however if the file isn't in the cache and I
>> simultaneously install the port across ten hosts, the port is fetched
>> ten times. Sigh.)
>> I have a Squid proxy installed that isn't meant for every-day/every-user
>> use and requires authentication. (Users either go through another Squid
>> proxy or direct.) The special Squid proxy works. No surprise there.
>> Authentication works. No surprise there.
>> What I need is a method to embed into make.conf a proxy specification
>> for fetch. Setting the environment variable HTTP_PROXY from the login
>> shell /is not/ preferred because the account is used by different
>> administrators, I don't what the special proxy accidentally polluted
>> with non-port stuff, and it would only create confusion.
>> Setting http_proxy in make.conf does not work. .netrc doesn't appear to
>> be a viable method (if it did, I could specify FETCH_ARGS in make.conf).
> What about using a NFS share for /usr/ports/distfiles ?

Many of these servers provide network/system services across a WAN. If a 
link goes down or is congested, NFS may hang them all. NFS also provides 
certain security challenges.

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