MacPorts relies on rsync to do its job, and I rely on a SOCKS5 proxy to get full access to internet. How do I make rsync run all its queries through my proxy?


Alternatively to Sirex' answer, you can use nc(1) (netcat) to use the proxy.

Again, modify your ~/.ssh/config file:

Host server-prox
        Hostname www.server.com
        ProxyCommand /usr/bin/nc -x localhost:8080 %h %p

then run

rsync -e ssh server-prox:path/to/files

and rsync (or rather ssh) will automatically use the proxy command.

This assumes there is a SOCKS proxy running on localhost port 8080, which you can get with

ssh -D 8080 proxyserver.com

Personally I use

ssh -qfxND 8080 proxyserver.com

to set up a proxy tunnel, where -qfxN make the command run quietly in the background, see ssh(1).

  • But what is the server? If that is "any server in general" than I would be required to add that for all the servers port wants to use to get data from. That's quite a lot, i.e., it's not a feasable solution. – erikbwork Jan 15 '16 at 19:43

Sorry to just paste a url, but its explained here. Essentially you install the connect utility, add something like this to ~/.ssh/config:

Host stokebloke.com
    ProxyCommand connect -S user@socks-server:1080 %h %p

Then use:

rsync --progress -avrz -e ssh src_dir/ user@homebox.homelinux.net:~/dest_dir/
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    Yup, I've seen that one, but this would require that I add all hosts that rsync wants to use to .ssh/config. Also, how do I instruct MacPorts to use custom rsync arguments? – neu242 Jan 28 '11 at 7:38
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    You can set rsync_server and rsync_options in /opt/local/etc/macports/macports.conf. As an alternative method, use HTTP with the daily tarball or the Subversion repository. – raimue Feb 1 '11 at 1:13
  • I tried to add -e ssh to rsync_options, but it didn't help. Would I want to use something other that rsync.macports.org as rsync_server? (I'll try the http/svn options, though.) – neu242 Feb 9 '11 at 7:54

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