http_proxy with special character in password

My new password at work has special characters.

To set up the proxy setting for some application, I use:


Many applications (I was trying to get Macports working) read the value of this variable and parse it according to delimiters ':' and '@'. So, if your username or password contain '@' or ':' , it will all go away. With other special characters, you can use '\' to escape characters. But not with '@' and ':' , the escape character doesn't work.
So, what's the solution?
Simply replace '@' with it's hexadecimal notation '%40', or ':' by '%3A'.

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