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I am using Ubuntu 12.04 at work and we have a proxy server. I would like to allow guests to use my computer on the guest account, but I cannot get the proxy settings to stay. Is there a way to set the proxy setting automatically at log-in for the guest account? The AskUbuntu question Change default guest session launcher applications? shows how to configure the launcher icons. Can I use this file to set a persistent proxy server setting? If so, how?

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Most likely you can use the same approach as in the other question, provided that you figure out what the command is. In 12.04 I think it would be gconftool-2 rather than gsettings.

However, if you go to System Settings -> Network -> Network proxy, there is an "Apply system wide" button (at least in 13.04). Making the proxy settings system wide is possibly a simpler way to achieve what you want.

Another possibility: I wrote a tutorial about guest session customization. The tutorial was originally published at Ubuntu Forums, and there a user added a step-by-step guide showing an alternative method to customize guest sessions.

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The "Apply system-wide" does not seem to apply to browsers in other accounts; it allows manual proxies to be used through apt-get and the software center ("Apply system-wide" does not work at all with automatic proxies). –  HarlemSquirrel Oct 7 '13 at 23:38
    
@HarlemSquirrel: Ok, it's probably the Firefox proxy settings you need to change. I edited my answer by adding a third para that may be helpful to your situation. –  Gunnar Hjalmarsson Oct 8 '13 at 21:29
    
Gunnar, for some reason my guest account now seems to work with my system-wide proxy set in Ubuntu 12.04 so thanks for the info! –  HarlemSquirrel Mar 21 at 12:51

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