01 July 2013

467 wget and tor issue

Ever since I set up Tor on my debian workstation I've been having issues using wget:
wget https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v3.x/linux-3.10.tar.xz
--2013-07-01 11:32:35-- https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v3.x/linux-3.10.tar.xz Connecting to connected. Proxy tunneling failed: Tor is not an HTTP ProxyUnable to establish SSL connection.
For fun I also tried torify although I don't want to download the kernel via Tor:

torify wget https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v3.x/linux-3.10.tar.xz
--2013-07-01 11:36:20-- https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v3.x/linux-3.10.tar.xz Connecting to 11:36:20 libtorsocks(26463): connect: Connection is to a local address (, may be a TCP DNS request to a local DNS server so have to reject to be safe. Please report a bug to http://code.google.com/p/torsocks/issues/entry if this is preventing a program from working properly with torsocks. failed: No such file or directory. Retrying.
Note that I DON'T want to use wget with Tor. I don't want to eat up bandwidth on the Tor network for stuff like this. When I use wget I want to use a direct connection.

I haven't configured /etc/wgetrc and so I was a bit surprised that this kept on happening.

The solution:
edit /etc/wgetrc and put

anywhere. And you're done.

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