[Dev] Calibre contacts its own servers to check for version updates (patch available)

Luke Shumaker lukeshu at lukeshu.com
Wed Apr 12 14:31:12 GMT 2017

On Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:19:40 -0400,
nospam at curso.re wrote:
> I'm posting from gmane, I hope this is OK.

Looks good from here.  (Wow, we're on gmane now!?)

> The Calibre Ebook manager (calibre package) has code to contact the
> calibre servers (https://code.calibre-ebook.com/latest) to check for
> version updates.
> I think that this is
> 1. redundant since calibre is installed from Parabola
> 2. a privacy issue since the app pokes an external server in a somewhat
>    opaque way

I agree.

> I have a couple of patches that remove the option from the Calibre UI
> and the Python code that contacts the servers (in src/calibre/gui2/)
> that I am using to build a modified calibre package off the Parabola
> one.
> Are you interested in reviewing and possibly integrating them?

I'm definitely interested in reviewing them.  Though, I'd be a little
surprised if there isn't already a ./configure flag to turn the
behavior off.

Happy hacking,
~ Luke Shumaker

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