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From Andrew Lunny <>
Subject Re: Pluginstall tool discussion
Date Tue, 09 Oct 2012 23:44:57 GMT
I've missed most of this discussion, but I wanted to make a few quick

* `pluginstall` (the tool I developed, that is used by PhoneGap Build) is a
tool for installing plugins. Per the Unix philosophy, it doesn't and won't
do anything other than that.

* There may well be a need and a demand for a tool that grabs plugins from
git repositories, uninstalls plugins, generates starter plugins, etc. But
that's not pluginstall, and I think that tool should probably be named
something else. It looks like Mike has made a start on that with his
cordova-pluginrepo repository, which is awesome.

* The problems that need to be solved by pluginstall are of the form "I
can't install plugin x with pluginstall", or "I can't write a plugin that
does x that can be installed by pluginstall." The only way to find those
problems is to try writing those plugins. The PGB team is moving forward on
a few, and we've worked with some other companies who have helped us see
where pluginstall was lacking (adding multiple children to an Android
intent-filter, installing a dylib into an iOS project).

* node-xcode is a separate project, and will be useful for any plugin tools
written with node. It would probably be better for everyone's sanity if
there was a single version of that parser. I've been pretty slack about
merging changes, so I'll get up to speed on that.

* If other tools want to interoperate with pluginstall, they should follow
the plugin spec here:
That's a working document and is open to changes. Again, my preference is
for changes of the form "I can't write a plugin that does X in this format"
rather than "this element has a slightly misleading name; how about this
name?". The GitHub issues for that repo is the best place to discuss
changes to that spec.


On 6 October 2012 09:08, Mike Reinstein <> wrote:

> Andrew's is the one used by pg build. Anis has changes from all of us and
> has the most the up to date code:
> -Mike
> On Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 8:08 AM, Patrick Mueller <> wrote:
> > On Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 5:22 AM, Brian LeRoux <> wrote:
> >
> > > Think its time we nominated a canonical repo for this. Fil's?
> > >
> >
> > URL please?  Are we talking about forks of pluginstall?
> >
> > --
> > Patrick Mueller
> >
> >

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