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Allow to disable version update check #361

Horgix opened this Issue Jun 7, 2018 · 3 comments


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Horgix commented Jun 7, 2018

From why I understand from the update warning by the CLI, the strace I ran on it, and the check.go sources, it looks like the CLI send a request to everytime to know if it's up-to-date.

It also looks like it's currently not possible to disable this check, and I know that some people don't really like CLI that "call home" (I'm among them, especially when running a --help or --version) 😉

It would be cool to be able to disable it, for example with an environment variable (that's what Hashicorp are doing on Packer). The best would be to have it opt-in but I think you'll prefer to keep it ON by default don't you?

If you're OK with this, I would like to send the PR implementing it 🙂


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Soulou commented Jun 8, 2018

Hi there, we're completely ok with this. To be fully transparent we're not doing anything from this call to cli-dl (no stat for instance), its purpose is only to notify when a new version is released, waiting for an auto-upgrade mecanism to be developed. (Which will be disablable ;-))


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Horgix commented Jun 8, 2018

I definitely trust you on that and even if you were doing stats on it it wouldn't be that much of a problem anyway. Just thought I would open this since I was surprised to see a --help doing HTTP requests 😄

I just saw #174, #175 and #309 about the auto-upgrade. Definitely not a fan of this and would definitely appreciate if it was possible to disable this kind of thing!


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yannski commented Jun 8, 2018

@Horgix you're right, the help command should not do any HTTP requests, there should be a dedicated subcommand for version checking and the auto-upgrade should be disconnectable

Soulou added a commit that referenced this issue Jul 5, 2018

@EtienneM EtienneM closed this in #368 Jul 5, 2018

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