--quiet missing from Ubuntu package letsencrypt client

–quiet seems to have disappeared from the letsencrypt client.

lxc: davidfavor-lowres # lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
Release: 16.04
Codename: xenial

lxc: davidfavor-lowres # letsencrypt --version
letsencrypt 0.4.1

lxc: davidfavor-lowres # letsencrypt --quiet
letsencrypt [SUBCOMMAND] [options] [-d domain] [-d domain] …

The Let’s Encrypt agent can obtain and install HTTPS/TLS/SSL certificates. By
default, it will attempt to use a webserver both for obtaining and installing
the cert. Major SUBCOMMANDS are:

(default) run Obtain & install a cert in your current webserver
certonly Obtain cert, but do not install it (aka “auth”)
install Install a previously obtained cert in a server
renew Renew previously obtained certs that are near expiry
revoke Revoke a previously obtained certificate
rollback Rollback server configuration changes made during install
config_changes Show changes made to server config during installation
plugins Display information about installed plugins
letsencrypt: error: unrecognized arguments: --quiet

Requesting --quiet be added back into letsencrypt client.


I believe --quiet was added in 0.5.0, while the package in Xenial is stuck at 0.4.1.

Unfortunately, that’s something that needs to be fixed by Ubuntu rather than the client development team. There’s a bug asking them to update to a more recent release (for other reasons - the package in Ubuntu will stop working quite soon), but so far there’s been no reaction. I’d look into switching to certbot-auto.

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