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bug #52369: proxy settings do not work at Windows 10

Submitted by:  Elvira D. Antal <antale>
Submitted on:  Wed 08 Nov 2017 03:53:22 PM UTC  
Category:  Configuration and Build System Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Unexpected Error
Status:  Need Info Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  antale Open/Closed:  Open
Release:  4.2.1 Operating System:  Microsoft Windows

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Thu 12 Jul 2018 05:11:56 PM UTC, comment #5:

The proxy set in Edit/Preferences/Network in the GUI does not seem to be used which is a bug.

Can you try starting a new session of Octave and immediately executing

and then using the menu for News/Community News?

Note that the change from your previous code in comment #4 was to drop the slash '/' at the end of the proxy. I don't think that is a valid character.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Thu 12 Jul 2018 12:45:50 PM UTC, comment #4:

I have installed Octave 4.4.0 and the issue is modified, but still exists. After executing

I could execute

but the Octave community news does not work in any way.
I have "Use proxy server" checked, HttpProxy chosen and the hostname and port filled at Edit/Preferences/Network after executing the above putenv command.
However, after Octave restart, Edit/Preferences/Network settings remains the same, but I need to reexecute the putenv command to get network connection.

Elvira D. Antal <antale>
Wed 11 Jul 2018 11:54:28 PM UTC, comment #3:

Version 4.2.1 of Octave is deprecated. Could you download the latest stable version 4.4.0 and try to replicate the issue?

Otherwise we can close this report as being on an unsupported version.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Thu 09 Nov 2017 08:51:07 AM UTC, comment #2:

Mike, I have tried what you had suggested, and it does not help.

Elvira D. Antal <antale>
Wed 08 Nov 2017 08:53:07 PM UTC, comment #1:

Thanks for the bug report. I don't have access to Windows or to a proxy set up to test with, but can you try setting "https_proxy" instead of "http_proxy"? Octave Forge packages are installed over HTTPS, and the library used by Octave uses distinct environment variables for each protocol.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Wed 08 Nov 2017 03:53:22 PM UTC, original submission:

I am using Octave 4.2.1 configured for "x86_64-w64-mingw32" at Windows 10, and behind a proxy server. I cannot connect the package manager nor Octave Community News, however I set the proxy server (hostname URL) and port as my system administrator suggested. I have set these settings in the GUI at Edit/Preferences/Network, and also tried from the Octave command line with
as suggested at

I still get
"error: get_forge_pkg: could not read URL, please verify internet connection
error: called from
get_forge_pkg at line 66 column 7
get_forge_download at line 26 column 12
pkg at line 382 column 29"
for example.

(I hope I post this in the right category, this is my first bug report at this site.)

Elvira D. Antal <antale>


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