How to configure opensuse to use an HTTP proxy

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How to configure opensuse to use an HTTP proxy
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Proxy servers are intermediary servers which mediate traffic, and can filter it. Some corporate or other local networks often require the use of an HTTP proxy and don't provide a direct Internet connection. The openSUSE Linux distribution uses a configuration application called YaST, which stands for Yet Another Setup Tool. While many Linux applications read their proxy settings from different places, YaST's proxy module automatically configures the proxy settings in all these places. (References 1) Configure openSUSE to use an HTTP proxy using the YaST proxy configuration module.

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  1. 1

    Open the desktop menu. On KDE, click the green gecko icon at the lower left corner of the screen. On GNOME, click the "Computer" button at the lower left corner of the screen.

  2. 2

    Open YaST. On KDE, click the "Computer" tab in the menu, then click "Administrator Settings." On GNOME, click "Control Center" in the menu, then click "YaST" in the Control Center window that appears.

  3. 3

    Authenticate yourself by typing the root password when prompted, then pressing "Enter."

  4. 4

    Click "Network Services" in the column at the left side of the YaST window.

  5. 5

    Open the proxy configuration module by double-clicking "Proxy" in the YaST window.

  6. 6

    Enable the proxy by clicking the "Enable Proxy" check box in the Proxy Configuration window.

  7. 7

    Type the HTTP proxy's URL into the "HTTP Proxy URL" box under "Proxy Settings" in the Proxy Configuration window.

  8. 8

    Use the same proxy for HTTPS and FTP by clicking the "Use the Same Proxy For All Protocols" check box. Otherwise, type separate proxies for HTTPS and FTP into the "HTTPS Proxy URL" and "FTP Proxy URL" boxes, if desired.

  9. 9

    Skip the HTTP proxy for certain domains by typing them into the "No Proxy Domains" box, separated by a comma. For example, skip the HTTP proxy for Google and Bing by typing "," into the "No Proxy Domains" box.

  10. 10

    Enter your authentication information for the proxy under "Proxy Authentication." Type the user name into the "Proxy User Name" box and the password into the "Proxy Password" box.

  11. 11

    Test the proxy settings by clicking "Test Proxy Settings."

  12. 12

    Activate the new proxy settings by clicking "Finish."

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