I don't recall seeing this mentioned:  In order to access the Internet,
I need to use proxy authorization.  With the old fetch(1) I could use
an environment variable like "HTTP_PROXY_AUTH=basic:*:<username>" and
it would prompt for a password.

The new libfetch-based fetch(1) ignores the HTTP_PROXY_AUTH variable
unless it is in the form "HTTP_PROXY_AUTH=basic:*:<username>:<password>"
and doesn't appear to have any provision for requesting a password.
(HTTP_AUTH appears to suffer from the same problem).

Whilst the environment is somewhat safer than the command line, I'd
still prefer not to have passwords embedded in environment variables.

Has this feature been deliberately left out, or is it just one of the
bits that you haven't gotten around to implementing yet?  Would you
be interested in patches to implement it?

On a related note, I noticed the following bug - though it has no
effect on the operation of libfetch in its current form.

Index: http.c
RCS file: /home/CVSROOT/src/lib/libfetch/http.c,v
retrieving revision 1.34
diff -u -r1.34 http.c
--- http.c      2000/07/25 11:45:38     1.34
+++ http.c      2000/08/03 04:25:53
@@ -91,7 +91,7 @@
 #define HTTP_MOVED_TEMP                302
 #define HTTP_SEE_OTHER         303
 #define HTTP_NEED_AUTH         401
-#define HTTP_NEED_PROXY_AUTH   403
+#define HTTP_NEED_PROXY_AUTH   407
 #define HTTP_PROTOCOL_ERROR    999
 #define HTTP_REDIRECT(xyz) ((xyz) == HTTP_MOVED_PERM \


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