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altool 4.0

Rosyna Keller:

Xcode 11.0b3 includes a major update to altool (used for notarization), altool 4.0, with some awesome new features.

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First, altool actually has a man page now (man altool) accessible after new Xcode 11b3 is installed.

altool supports a new --verbose argument that’s my type of verbose (it’s overly verbose to the MAX!) that’s useful in debugging issues, filing radars, and watching progress.

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Another new argument (as seen in the previous screenshot) is the --transport argument that allows you to specify the upload method order altool/Transporter tries.

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The DAV (WebDAV) method is extremely slow but explicitly specifying it will prevent altool from attempting the other transport methods doomed to fail if UDP is blocked.

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altool 4.0 now supports concurrent uploads from the same host. You no longer have to wait for a submission to return a RequestUUID before starting another submission in a new Terminal window.

A lot of third-party developers were having issues creating a keychain item for use with -p "@keychain:<Keychain Item>" so altool 4.0 has a new convenience command, --store-password-in-keychain-item <New Item Name>, that will create it in the iCloud Keychain for you!

These sound like great improvements.

Previously:

2 Comments

Frankly, I'd rather they spend some effort improving the performance of the backend - having to wait around two minutes to get a notarised build back so I can test a build on another Mac or send it to someone is tedious. It means I've had to add a “skip notarising” flag to my build script for when I just want to test it on another Mac - and that only works as long as notarising doesn't become mandatory.

@Peter Faster performance would be nice. I use rsync or Screen Sharing to copy builds to test Macs, both of which bypass Gatekeeper and therefore notarization requirements.

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