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Thursday, July 9, 2009 | 0 comments

A project I am currently working on requires me to connect to a remote subversion server using a fixed IP address on my end. Since I can't rely on my internet service provider, Megacable, to always hand me the same IP address when I turn on my cable modem (unless I pay for it) - yes, I turn off my computer at night - I needed a solution involving a proxy with a fixed IP address.

I do have a fixed IP address: the IP address of this site, currently hosted with Slicehost on a 256 slice; a virtual private server (VPS). And I can set up a SOCKS5 proxy using ssh on my end on this VPS. Since it's possible to configure a proxy in the configuration file of the subversion client on my development computer it sounds like this solves the problem, which it most likely does. But I didn't want to modify this configuration file, and having to add exceptions which shouldn't be proxied, etc. because it sounded like something that would bite me one day. So after a bit more reading I found a solution to my liking: proxychains.

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