[R] SetInternet2, RCurl and proxy

moleps islon moleps2 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 14:18:30 CET 2011

I know that the proxy usually can be found in internet
explorer..However the hospital IE version has been altered so that
nothing is visible. And the IT dept is not very keen on revealing the
proxy settings.

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Prof Brian Ripley
<ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> On Mon, 31 Jan 2011, moleps islon wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> Using the SetInternet2(TRUE) option works wonders with R in my sealed
>> down work-environment. However, I'd like to use RCurl and apparently
>> the proxy settings are not carried over. Is it possible to figure out
>> the proxy-IP and port number from R after invoking SetInternet2?
> No, but it should be from your browser: all SetInternet2 does is to switch
> to use Internet Explorer internals.  cURL (and hence RCurl) knows nothing
> about IE's settings.
> Note that if all you need is the proxy details, then you don't need
> SetInternet2: see ?download.file.  However, many sites need to authenticate
> to the proxy ....
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