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Make calibre updates less annoying

Published on February 5, 2014

If you are dealing with ebooks you are probably aware of Calibre. It’s ugly and a pain to use but it’s currently the only application to use if you are serious about organizing your books and/or sync books not purchased on Amazon to your Kindle.

One of Calibres quirks is that it’s updated frequently but isn’t coming with an auto updater. Your only way to update is to re-download the ~82MB binary and replace your version with the new one.

I usually try to use cask for these kind of apps to make the process of updating them less annoying. In this case cask isn’t working as expected because Calibre switched to just using latest instead of explicit version numbers. This makes it (currently) impossible for cask to figure the right version to install.

What we are going to do is just removing the old calibre-latest files from the cask cache, remove the old from our system and reinstall the new one.

This isn’t very elegant but it’s a workaround until they figured out how to handle updates for applications installed via cask consistently.

Add this to your ~/.zshrc:

function update-cask {
    BREW_CACHE=$(brew --cache)
    rm -r $BREW_CACHE/calibre-latest
    brew cask uninstall calibre
    brew cask install calibre
    echo "Calibre updated to latest version! Updating other apps now..."
    for c in `brew cask list`; do ! brew cask info $c | grep -qF "Not installed" || brew cask install $c; done

Now run source ~/.zshrc to reload your shell config and it’ll be available via update-cask in your Terminal.