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From Brian>
Subject Re: Proposed changes to Cordova File API
Date Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:30:55 GMT
Love it. Now that this business is independently versioned I say we charge
ahead with the changes ruthlessly. This is the most adopted plugin and long
standing PITA!

On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM, Ian Clelland <> wrote:

> So, coming out of our meetup last week, we brainstormed a bunch of ideas
> for improving the Cordova File plugin. I'm going to start working on these,
> but I want to share with the list so that everybody knows what's going on,
> and so we can have any additional discussions :)
> I think that we had general agreement on these points, but let's talk:
> 1. Entry.toURL() should return a filesystem:// URL on platforms which
> support it. Platforms which cannot support custom URL protocols are free to
> return URLs which *can* be used to access the local file system.
> 2. These URLs will look like:
>   filesystem://localhost/persistent/path/to/file.ext
>   filesystem://localhost/temporary/path/to/file.ext
> Additional roots are possible for new file systems (assets, media,
> documents, etc)
> (The specific format used does not need to conform to any existing or
> proposed standard, since these URLs should not be assumed valid across
> machines)
> 3. Entry.fullFath will be relative to the HTML file system root, and not a
> path from the root of the actual device file system.
> 4. Only URLs will be passed over the exec bridge; we won't be passing raw
> file system paths into and out of JS anymore. (This generally means
> filesystem:// URLs in the iOS/Android case, but platforms are free to
> support other URLs as needed)
> 5. At some point (not right now) we should move the permanent storage
> location on iOS from <app-root>/Documents to <app-root>/Library, so that
> the entire HTML5 file system doesn't get exposed in iTunes, synced with
> iCloud, etc. This will almost certainly require a major version change and
> a migration plan for existing apps, so I'd like to separate that work from
> the first four points.
> We also discussed shipping a new API with Cordova, get*Directory(), which
> is currently in the File-extras plugin. After some thinking, I think it's
> not really required, but I'm open to talking about it. I'll start another
> thread for it.
> Ian

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