Ubuntu – Ubuntu One behind a proxy, how to make it work


I am behind a web proxy server at work (no authentication) and I have set it up in Gnome (configuration applied system-wide).

It works fine for accessing internet with a browser, but numerous applications do not make use of this setting (Empathy, Gwibber or Ubuntu One to say a few) and cannot connect.

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The question here will be specific to Ubuntu One which is for me more critical.

How did you manage to connect to Ubuntu One when behind a proxy? The easiest solution will be preferred 😉

Have you used some tools to tunnel the data? Corkscrew? Proxychains? If you have done that sucessfully can you share your experience and configuration instructions?

Note: for those interested, here is the Ubuntu One bug report.

The Ubuntu One is currently (20111031) conducting a user survey on the topic of proxy access. If you are also behind a proxy, please fill up their survey to help them address this problem: Ubuntu One Tweet for User Survey.

Best Answer

As of the version 3 of the Ubuntu One client (currently in 12.04, soon to be released for Windows and backported to older Ubuntu versions), connecting through a proxy should work in most situations. In Ubuntu you need to ensure ubuntuone-client-proxy is installed (it isn’t installed by default), and proxy settings should be picked up automatically.

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