[guardian-dev] System.setProperty("socksProxyHost", "") on Android

Amogh Pradeep amoghbl1 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 18:41:02 EST 2016

Oh well, looks like the guys at apache seem to have figured this out.
As far as I remember, the blocker we were having was going to be fixed as soon as they resolved https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-1632.
And so we seem to have some supported httpclient that should work across all androids, here: https://github.com/smarek/httpclient-android/wiki/Project-Introduction.

I could try building with this library and looking at what happens, but this is something that the folks at Mozilla would love to have, last time I checked.
Will check out what they have done, and see if this stuff could be applied upstream as well.

amoghbl1 at gmail.com

> On Feb 29, 2016, at 9:50 PM, Hans of Guardian <hans at guardianproject.info> wrote:
> (CC'ing the list again)
> On Feb 29, 2016, at 9:46 PM, Mark Murphy wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 29, 2016, at 10:01, Hans of Guardian wrote:
>>> Donno if you saw this on guardian-dev.  Think there is any chance that it
>>> could make sense to make a custom HttpURLConnection subclass, or some
>>> other subclass, based on the idea of taking the Android code and
>>> injecting what we need in it?
>> There's nothing stopping somebody from doing that. We discussed this on
>> Friday, as this is the "maintain your own HTTP stack" approach. The fact
>> that you start with somebody else's stack doesn't change the fact that
>> you have to maintain it. :-)
>> This approach is far less smelly than is reflection-based hacking. It's
>> not that hard at the outset -- if nothing else, one could use OkHttp 2.x
>> and their HttpURLConnection bridge API. However, this is a non-trivial
>> long-term maintenance issue.
> Yeah, there is the maintenance, but mostly that would be a matter of following what Google does with their maintenance and importing it.  The changes would be quite contained, I think.
> I'm going to push HTTP proxies with Tor devs again, that's really the best outcome I think: make an HTTP proxy as a first class access method for Tor.  Then all the APIs will just work with it, and Orbot can remove all the hacks to support HTTP proxies.
> .hc
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