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Running apt-get through ssh SOCKS proxy using tsocks

I had to update two debian servers behind a firewall which allowed outgoing ssh connections but only allowed http (and ftp) access via a proxy with a username/password I did not have access to.
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This might be a chicken-and-egg problem because in order to install it you may need to download it which is not possible because you are behind that proxy. I did it by downloading the correct package (right distribution, right architecture) on a computer with working internet connection (I call this “other” below).

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