Use apt-get behind a socks5 proxy

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Nothing would be more frustrating than to install apt packages from sources outside of China, especially from PPA. If you try to update the c++ compiler to g++-6 or g++-7 through

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test -y
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install g++-7 -y

it may takes your hours to get it done.

But if you have a socks5 proxy out there, things will become better. The idea is to use apt-get behind a socks5 proxy.

tsocks and proxychains are common-used tools for this purpose. Here I choose proxychains over tsocks due to the DNS issue of tsocks mentioned by this.

  1. install proxychains
    sudo apt-get install proxychains
  2. setup for proxychains in /etc/proxychains.conf
    Since my socks5 proxy server is running at through port 1080, my setting is
    socks5 1080

    at the last line of /etc/proxychains.conf.

  3. using proxychaines with apt-get
    sudo proxychains apt-get update
    sudo proxychains apt-get install g++-7 -y

    Done in minutes!

You can also use the proxychains for other software as below:

sudo proxychains synaptic
proxychains julia





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