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From Andrew Grieve <agri...@chromium.org>
Subject Re: Mapping plugin ID -> URL
Date Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:41:49 GMT
E.g. for mobile-spec's dependency-plugin, it has <dependency
id="org.apache.cordova.file"> Instead of having plugman download it from
the registry, I'd like to tell it to look for it locally.

Not entirely sure what you mean by project level deps (do those exist)?


On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 12:45 AM, Brian LeRoux <b@brian.io> wrote:

> So wait, the use case is proj level deps not plugin level?
> On Oct 1, 2013 10:50 PM, "Andrew Grieve" <agrieve@chromium.org> wrote:
>
> > There is a need to have plugman look in places other than the registry
> when
> > fetching plugins by ID. This is particularly the case because
> <dependency>
> > plugins now have IDs only instead of specifying a URL.
> >
> > Downstream distributions need this (e.g. IBM packages plugins with their
> > distro). But this would be nice for mobile-spec as well (dependency
> plugin
> > could just list IDs instead of plugin paths).
> >
> > Idea #1:
> > Add a map to a project's .cordova/config.json with explicit ID -> URL
> > mappings. E.g.:
> > "plugin_map": {
> >   "org.apache.cordova.file": "file:///some/path",
> >   "org.apache.cordova.file-transfer": "http://git.com/url#hash"
> > }
> >
> > Idea #2
> > Add the idea of "plugin search path"
> > e.g.:
> > .cordova/config.json
> >    "plugin_search_path": ["file:///my/local/plugins", "
> > http://my/custom/couch/db", "<inherits>"]
> >
> > Entries here can be:
> >   1. local directory where each subdirectory contains a plugin
> >   2. http:// to a couchdb of a custom registry
> >   3. <inherits>, which means prepend this list instead of replacing the
> > setting.
> >
> >
> > Idea #3
> > Allow the user to copy / symlink the plugin sources into a projects
> > plugins/ directory. The directory names in here would need to be the
> plugin
> > IDs. When a request to install a plugin is made, plugman will first check
> > if it already exists within plugins/, and if so, uses that source. It
> would
> > also need to know not to delete the directory on plugin rm.
> >
> >
> >
> > #1 is nice because it's simple, but may not be super convenient (since
> you
> > need to explicitly add each plugin). It's also the only suggestion that
> > allows you to map an ID to a custom git URL
> > #2 will work well for plugin collections, but may be annoying if you just
> > want to override a single plugin location.
> > #3 is arguably the most flexible since it leaves the fetching completely
> up
> > to the user. It may encourage people to muck with their plugins/ to the
> > point of breaking their project though. (e.g. they may delete plugins
> that
> > are installed)
> >
> >
> > I think I'd lean towards allowing both #1 and #2.
> >
>

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