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From Max Woghiren <>
Subject Re: plugman + plugin spec final q's
Date Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:31:39 GMT
(1) On line 25 of the cordova-plugman readme, is the command missing (ie.
--add or --install or whatever)?

(2) Though two versions of a plugin are not allowed, I just want to make
sure: there will be some kind of detection that it's okay if the
*same*version of a plugin has already been installed by a previous
right?  (For example, plugins A and B both depend on C v1.0, so plugman
will determine that this is okay, whereas if A depends on C v1.0 and B
depends on C v1.1, there'll be an error).

On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 3:08 AM, Filip Maj <> wrote:

> Hey all,
> I've done a review of the spec and updated it. Check it out at the README
> in the plugman repo's future branch [1]. I've added the last bit to it:
> <dependencies> and <dependency> elements. Here is an example:
>     <dependencies>
>         <dependency
> url="" />
>         <dependency
> url=""
> version="1.0.0" />
>     </dependencies>
> Dependencies are specified by providing a url and optionally some way of
> describing what version of the plugin you want. The only constraint
> imposed on plugin dependencies right now is only a single version of a
> plugin can be installed in an app at the same time. I think this is good
> enough, but wanted to let everyone know and give people time to comment.
> Also did a bunch of updates/tweaks to the plugin.xml spec, made explicit
> some failures (if there are file conflicts, error noisily, that kind of
> stuff). I have a PluginTooling [2] wiki article up where I am doing my
> best to summarize these various reqs/use cases floating around the list,
> IRC, hangout discussions regarding plugin tooling development. If you have
> anything to add there please do so!
> Next, I have a few questions came up when I was going through the spec:
>  - does <clobbers> and <merges> (specified in the JS symbol mapping
> section of the plugin spec) create the objects on window if they do not
> exist? I suppose this is more of a cordova.js question than a spec
> question, but that behavior should be explicit in the spec.
>  - native code <source-file> elements have a `target` attribute where you
> specify where within the native project the native code should be copied
> into. Is this necessary? For Java files, we could look at the package
> declaration at the top to determine where to put it. If I'm not mistaken,
> on iOS it doesn't matter where within the directory structure of a
> cordova-ios project you put native code in. What is the situation for the
> Windows (Phone) platforms, and for cordova-osx?
>  - the spec currently only accounts for appending XML to specific parts of
> XML-based configuration documents. Does anyone foresee an instance where
> some manner of native or cordova-specific config munging OTHER than
> appending would be necessary? Removal/modification of existing elements?
>  - iOS specific: Do we need separate elements for <source-file>,
> <resource-file> and <header-file>? Can we consolidate into one? The
> current draft of the spec mentions that this may be an implementation
> detail.
> Finally, I have two questions/concerns about the command line interface
> for plugman.
> 1. The --fetch operation seems to need a redundant --plugin flag, e.g.
> plugman --fetch --plugin <url>. Shouldn't we just axe --plugin in this
> case?
> 2. The API readme mentions --install and --uninstall flags but the docs
> only show --fetch and --remove. Can we clarify this?
> Thanks for everyone's input. I feel we're getting closer to shipping this
> thing!
> [1]
> refs/heads/future
> [2]

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