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Proxy authentication settings are set properly in the /etc/apt/apt.conf and even in the network settings. But the sudo apt-get update command gives an error "something wicked happend in resolving proxy. (-5 - no hostname attached ) . This happens only with the connection in my room. It works normally with the internet connection in my friends room. But again the strange thing is, I have a windows 7 alongside ubuntu 12.04 and the proxy settings are working properly in windows (even with my room's connection). Any help could be appreciated. Thanks in advance..

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Please verify that the line in the /etc/apt/apt.conf is in the following format:

Acquire::http::proxy "http://username:password@yourproxy:80";

This is including the ; on the end, and the quotes on each end of the address. You could shorten it to the following when no authentication is necessary.

Acquire::http::proxy "http://yourproxy:80";

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