[ANN] libproxy 0.2

Mark Doliner mark at kingant.net
Sat Dec 22 14:46:09 EST 2007

On Fri, 21 Dec 2007 12:39:57 -0600, Felipe Contreras wrote
> On Dec 21, 2007 11:23 AM, Alex Panait <kippled at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I would like to announce the release of version 0.2 of libproxy, an
> > open-source library that provides functions to manage proxy
> > configurations uniformly across applications and user sessions.
> > libproxy has a stable API and modules to read configuration from
> > GNOME, KDE, a file, or an environment variable (for compatibility with
> > existing implementations). In addition, libproxy automatically adjusts
> > for changing network topology via integration with NetworkManager and
> > is able to autodetect proxy settings through WPAD and PAC compliance.
> >
> > Through these features, an application that links to libproxy will not
> > have to worry about proxy configuration or even a change of networks:
> > libproxy will automatically provide the correct proxy to use.
> >
> > Please have a look at http://libproxy.googlecode.com for more info. A
> > bug requesting libproxy adoption has also been filed:
> > http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/4459.
> Great news!
> This is something that's definitely needed, everyone re-implementing
> their own proxy code is just inefficient and stupid.
> I tried to start something like this but I never had enough time.

Hmm, it doesn't seem like this library actually implements code for connecting
through proxy servers... it looks like it just grabs proxy settings from
various places and determines which proxy server should be used.  Alex, is
that correct?

Also, I took a peak at the API a bit and I don't see a way for libproxy to
specify the proxy type (HTTP verse SOCKS4 verse SOCKS5).  Is it just always
assumed that the proxy is an HTTP proxy?


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