Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Mon Nov 20 15:23:43 PST 2006

On Mon, Nov 20, 2006 at 03:13:22PM -0800, Paul Lathrop wrote:
> I've been banging my head against this for 2 hours.
> My network lives behind an OpenBSD firewall which uses ftp-proxy to 
> allow active mode FTP connections out to the world. Unfortunately, 
> passive mode FTP just does not work in our current firewall configuration.
> I'm trying to install some ports on my shiny new FreeBSD 6.1 server. 
> Unfortunately, the fetch operations time out because they are attempting 
> to use passive mode FTP. So, I consult the man pages and discover that 
> fetch obeys the FTP_PASSIVE_MODE environment variable. I check the 
> environment and see that FTP_PASSIVE_MODE=YES! Excellent! The fetch(3) 
> man page says I need to set this to 'no', so I do so and procedd to 
> install...
> Still times out.
> Hrm. Okay, try 'NO'. No dice. Try removing it from login.conf, running 
> cap_mkdb, and logging out then back in. Nope, that still doesn't do it. 
> Try *changing* it to NO in login.conf, running cap_mkdb, logging out and 
> back in. Nope.
> Set it by hand in the shell. Nope.
> Set it in /etc/make.conf. Still not working.
> The only conclusion I can come to is that fetch does not, in fact, obey 
> this environment variable.

No, it's being requested explicitly by bsd.port.mk in the fetch
command line to deal with certain configurations that do not set the
env variable.

> So, how does one install software from ports in this environment?

Override the FETCH_CMD variable in /etc/make.conf, see bsd.port.mk.

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