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From "Becky Gibson (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-285) Add property returning root path of PhoneGap files
Date Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:07:13 GMT

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Becky Gibson commented on CB-285:
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OK, I can live with not using the Documents directory for PERSISTENT, although I think we
should give devs a way to access it if they DO want to put user data in the documents dir
- I guess access to <application-home> would give them that option.  I don't know enough
about Android to know if this works there or not!

For the media object they can pass in documents://filename to store a recording there.  I
like your idea of requiring a full path name (or documents://) for the file name of the recording.
 However, one of the biggest complaints in CB-571 is the difference between iOS and Android.
 Currently iOS requires that the file exist (which is what I am changing) and Android does
not. Android accepts just a filename and then stores it in: new File("/data/data/" + handler.cordova.getActivity().getPackageName()
+ "/cache/" + file).  Thus, the reason CB-571 has been open so long!  I'll put this media
specific stuff in that ticket for further conversation.  
                
> Add property returning root path of PhoneGap files
> --------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CB-285
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CB-285
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: CordovaJS
>    Affects Versions: 1.4.0
>         Environment: Both PhoneGap SDK and PhoneGap Build
>            Reporter: Ashley Gullen
>            Assignee: Andrew Grieve
>              Labels: features
>
> There needs to be a property in PhoneGap that returns the root path to the general files
added to the PhoneGap project (i.e. the directory index.html is in).  For example, if I add
'music.mp3' to my project, in Android it will be located in:
> /android_asset/www/music.mp3
> On iOS after being built with PhoneGap Build it will be located in some path like this:
> /var/mobile/Applications/<app_ID>/<name>.app/www/music.mp3
> However, there does not appear to be a programmatic way to determine both <app_ID>
and <name>.app.
> This has two side effects:
> 1. Paths to audio for Media must be hard-coded separately depending on the platform,
which is inconvenient.
> 2. Paths to audio for Media cannot be known if developing a framework that uses PhoneGap.
 Since a framework does not know the App ID or name in advance, it's impossible for the framework
to determine the correct path.
> This is actively blocking audio from working on iOS in PhoneGap projects exported by
Construct 2 (www.scirra.com), a HTML5 game creator.  Also, it seems like kind of an important
function to make available anyway, since hard-coding paths for each platform is a pain.
> This PhoneGap Support thread led to this issue: http://phonegap.tenderapp.com/discussions/questions/208-android_asset-equivalent-for-ios

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