debootstrap through authenticated proxy

I am to install debian on my PC by 'from other linux' method and I run into problem with debootsrapt not being able to go through our proxy. As I understand the debootstrap doesnt have config file neither takes arguments on command line (relating to proxy), so I set following two environment variables:


Still I am getting:

# /usr/sbin/debootstrap --arch i386 wheezy /mnt/debinst
I: Retrieving Release
E: Failed getting release file

the Release file can be get via browser, so it exists and so on...

I wonder if this can be done at all



Well, I am to answer my question by myself.

With strace I found that debootstrap calls wget to fetch files from repositories. Obviously environment variables were somehow ignored but I edited /etc/wgetrc and put there all proxy related settings.

So it works.

BTW: debootstrap itself is just a script so maybe other workarounds would be possible.

You need to export the environment variables after setting them.

# ftp_proxy=
# http_proxy=
# export ftp_proxy http_proxy
# /usr/sbin/debootstrap --arch i386 wheezy /mnt/debinst

Also, if you try to set them from a user shell and then use sudo to run debootstrap, those variables may not pass through so it's better to set them after getting to a root shell.

Try changing APT proxy things :

$ cat /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/30proxy 
Acquire::http::proxy "http://proxy:4128";
Acquire::https::proxy "https://proxy:4128";

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