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Date:      Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:46:22 +0200
From:      Damien Fleuriot <>
To:        Dennis Glatting <>
Subject:   Re: Using a "special" proxy for ports
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On 6/27/11 4:27 PM, Dennis Glatting wrote:
> 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.

What about using a SSHFS share for /usr/ports/distfiles ?


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