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I'm having trouble getting to ELPA behind our corporate proxy. I see proxy traffic attempting to CONNECT to the ELPA domain which then fails. How can I turn on debugging to see the exact URL that Emacs is trying to access? -debug-init didn't work for me with Emacs 27.1

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There is a variable for debugging URL calls, url-debug, set it to true:

(setq url-debug t)

Use the function url-retrieve-synchronously, this will create a debug buffer called *URL-DEBUG* and there you can see all the debug output from the call:

(url-retrieve-synchronously (url-generic-parse-url "https://elpa.gnu.org/"))
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