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From "John M. Wargo" <>
Subject Re: core APIs and the CLI
Date Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:42:35 GMT
OK, I just whacked everything and started over. I opened a terminal window on Macintosh and
issued the following commands:

jmw-mini:~ jwargo$ cd dev
jmw-mini:dev jwargo$ cordova create test
jmw-mini:dev jwargo$ cd test
jmw-mini:test jwargo$ cordova platform add android ios
jmw-mini:test jwargo$ cordova plugin add
jmw-mini:test jwargo$ cordova prepare android
jmw-mini:test jwargo$ cordova prepare ios

At the end of the process, I looked at the config.xml in the iOS project's www folder and
found the following:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<widget id="io.cordova.hellocordova" version="0.0.1" xmlns=""
         A sample Apache Cordova application that responds to the deviceready event.
     <author email="" href="">
         Apache Cordova Team
     <content src="index.html" />
     <access origin="*" />
     <preference name="fullscreen" value="true" />
     <preference name="webviewbounce" value="true" />

I even went in and forced an update to the config.xml in the cordova project's config.xml
file and did another cordova prepare.

My changes came over to the config.xml, but no camera entry.

I'm running CLI 3.0.6.

On 8/22/2013 1:46 PM, Ian Clelland wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Braden Shepherdson <>wrote:
>> Are you sure you ran a "cordova prepare" in both cases? There should be a
>> <feature> tag for Camera on both platforms, as far as I know.
> That was my thinking as well. I checked earlier, and there definitely is a
> feature tag for iOS. (It's the only tag specified in plugin.xml, and it's
> the only required change, according to the docs). I don't think plugin add
> / plugin remove should be manipulating config.xml in the platforms
> directories -- that should be the job of `cordova prepare`.
> Ian
> On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 7:46 AM, John Wargo <> wrote:
>>> I'm working on the part of my book that deals with the core APIs and I
>>> need some guidance on how things are supposed to work.
>>> I noticed that if I added the Camera API plugin to a project, that the
>> CLI
>>> manages adding the camera feature to the android project's config.xml
>> file
>>> in res/xml/config.xml. If I remove the plugin, the settings are removed
>>> from the config.xml.
>>> The documentation says that a setting is also required for the iOS
>>> config.xml, but in my testing, the CLI doesn't make that change for me.
>> The
>>> Xcode project's config.xml doesn't change as I add and remove the Camera
>>> plugin.
>>> So am I seeing an anomaly here or is this behavior as expected?  I
>> assumed
>>> the CLI would take care of everything, but my testing here says
>> otherwise.
>>> How's this supposed to work or what must the developer do? It doesn't
>> make
>>> sense that the CLI would do this for Android and not iOS.

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