I'm trying to figure out a way to speed up my spacemacs start time. The main offender at the moment is the refreshing of package archives at start. I was hoping that setting
dotspacemacs-check-for-updates would achieve this, but alas, this has no effect on the packages (which actually makes sense to me).
Internet searches haven't really helped; maybe I've not searched the right words. Digging into the source code, I saw that if I globally set
configuration-layer--package-archives-refreshed to a non-nil value, I can short-circuit the function
configuration-layer/retrieve-package-archives to suppress this functionality.
This of course a dirty hack. Can someone tell me if there is some officially supported way of doing this and how?