noise on selfupdate

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Tue Sep 25 02:40:48 UTC 2018

On Sep 24, 2018, at 19:02, Eitan Adler wrote:

> On Mon, 24 Sep 2018 at 16:58, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>> Nothing seemed to go wrong, but it is noisy and might spark additional
>>> questions. This email is mostly an FYI.
>> Just to make sure: your complaint is that the rsync server's message-of-the-day is printed in the output? We could suppress it with rsync's --no-motd flag. Note: this motd has been present since we switched primary rsync servers in late November 2016; I don't think we've had any questions about it.
> I've never seen it before. Maybe I had the old rsync server configured
> and forgot about it.
> If its not a problem, ignore me.

The old rsync server was decommissioned in November 2016 along with the rest of macOS forge. The mirror at FAU took over as primary at that time, and it has always printed that MOTD. To me, the MOTD does not appear to be useful, but the administrators of that server have chosen to display it, so at the time I didn't want to second guess that by turning it off in MacPorts, plus it was simpler not to modify base and just allow the message to be displayed. However, we can certainly revisit that now. There is already an rsync_options setting in macports.conf to which we could add the flag.

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