As the doctor gone rogue

July 26, 2013

How to wget with proxy authentication?

Filed under: bash, NGS — Tags: , , , — hypotheses @ 2:25 am

Once again, I have a problem with proxy server authentication through my university network. Trying to install the new KGGSeq software to do next-generation sequencing data analysis.

As a quick fix, with cygwin, here is what I did.

1. Need to tell bash that  that we are using a proxy server

## Add these to ~/.bashrc for my bash start up shell


## Add these to ~/.bashrc for my bash start up shell

proxy="http://user:password@proxy-server.university:8080"
export http_proxy=$proxy

2. Need to tell wget what username and password to use with the proxy server.

As an example to download KGGSeq through cygwin, here’s what I did.

wget --proxy-user "bhoom" --proxy-password "bhoom_password"  http://statgenpro.psychiatry.hku.hk/limx/kggseq/download.php?file=kggseq.zip

Wget – ArchWiki.

I’m still not quite sure why they still use it. There seems to be several other enterprise authentication system, but all other systems are probably pricy? But does price justify all the other troubles we all have with slow connection for every website, problems running many bioinformatics software that cannot connect through proxy-server, etc?

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