[kde-linux] KPackageKit wants to set a nonexistent proxy

Alexander Harrowell a.harrowell at gmail.com
Tue Sep 13 12:37:35 UTC 2011

Has anyone come across this behaviour? KPackageKit runs up to get an 
automatic update. I click to review the update, hit "apply", and 
immediately get a privilege-escalation dialog box asking me to log in as 
root in order to "set the network proxy for package downloads". That 
done, it asks me for root authorisation for the update itself.

The update then fails with a message that the proxy "HTTP_PROXY" was not 

I am not using any proxies and don't want one. I presume that somewhere, 
the variable name HTTP_PROXY is being confounded with the value it 

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to lists complaining about them
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