cannot use ftp utility throught proxy

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue May 28 04:36:21 UTC 2013

On Tue, 28 May 2013 07:08:12 +0300 (EEST), vadims at wrote:
> Hello!
> Can someone help me, please?
> Have no luck seting up ftp utility for using proxy.
> Already have set environment variables:
> FTP_PROXY=http://proxyserver:8080
> HTTP_PROXY=http://proxyserver:8080
> When try to connect:
> root# root at zerver:/root # ftp -a
> root# ftp: Can't connect to `': Operation timed out
> root# ftp: Can't connect to `'
> Used tcpdump to check where it connects:
> root# tcpdump -n -ttt -i em0 port ftp
> & I can see, that ftp is trying to connect directly to

I think I can see the problem. Please check "man ftp" for the
correct name of the environment variables. Unlike typical for
many other programs, those for ftp are written in lower case:

     ftp_proxy      URL of FTP proxy to use when making FTP URL requests (if
                    not defined, use the standard FTP protocol).

                    See http_proxy for further notes about proxy use.

     http_proxy     URL of HTTP proxy to use when making HTTP URL requests.
                    If proxy authentication is required and there is a user-
                    name and password in this URL, they will automatically be
                    used in the first attempt to authenticate to the proxy.

                    If ``unsafe'' URL characters are required in the username
                    or password (for example `@' or `/'), encode them with RFC
                    1738 `%XX' encoding.

                    Note that the use of a username and password in ftp_proxy
                    and http_proxy may be incompatible with other programs
                    that use it (such as lynx(1)).

                    NOTE: this is not used for interactive sessions, only for
                    command-line fetches.

You can also interactively set those (again, see "man ftp" for
more details).

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