CircleCI CLI Binary should --skip-update-check by default when run inside CircleCI

CircleCI provide the circleci-cli orb which is incredibly useful for building a CI/CD process for orbs themselves. However as noticed from the source of that orb and from our own interactions here, CircleCI's (sensible) default behaviour is to perform an update check which results in a slower build and corrupted output such as the following:


⠋ Checking for updates... ⠙ Checking for updates... ⠹ Checking for updates... ⠸Already up-to-date. ⠼Already up-to-date. ⠴Already up-to-date.


This can be manually skipped with a `--skip-update-check` flag but it might make sense for the CLI tool to simply detect the `CI` or `CIRCLE` environment variables and then automatically skip the update check based on this.

  • Toby Pinder
  • Mar 27 2019
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    Gabriel Simmer commented
    19 May 03:14pm

    Hi all! We recently pushed out a change that checks for the $CI environment variable before auto updating :)

  • Alex Turek commented
    4 Feb 05:23pm

    Please implement this flag for the CLI! I shouldn't be getting throttled by Github when running `circleci config pack`, a totally offline operation :(

  • Toby Pinder commented
    28 Mar, 2019 07:07pm

    This should have been posted under my username, apologies

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