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From David Kemp <drk...@chromium.org>
Subject Re: Consolidating the Distribution of Platforms & Plugins
Date Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:19:38 GMT
+1 to handling both the same way and not using git for distribution.

I'm interested in the pros and cons of using the plugin registry vs npm.



On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM, Gorkem Ercan <gorkem.ercan@gmail.com>wrote:

> Great idea..  I especially don't like the git archive download. It does not
> really allow us to track some sort of statistics reliably. I think its
> replacement should allow collection of download statistics. The plugins
> stats from plugman seems OK. I am not sure if npm would allow such stats.
>
> Not that important to this discussion but I think plugman has a cache in
> .plugman/cache
>
> --
> Gorkem
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM, Andrew Grieve <agrieve@chromium.org
> >wrote:
>
> > Right now, CLI downloads & caches platforms & plugins using two different
> > mechanisms, with totally independent code paths.
> >
> > plugman uses the request library, with proxy settings in .plugman/config.
> > It downloads the tars directly from registry.cordova.io. It does not
> cache
> > them.
> >
> > CLI uses the request library as well, with proxy settings from .npmrc. It
> > downloads tars directly from our git server's archive endpoint. It caches
> > them in ~/.cordova.
> >
> >
> > I'd like to propose that we unify them. Specifically:
> >
> > 1. Store platforms on registry.cordova.io
> >   - This would allow CLI to easily see what versions of platforms are
> > available, and be able to choose between them.
> >   - This (I'm sure), INFRA would be much happier about than our current
> > fetch-from-git approach
> >
> > 2. Unify CLI & Plugman's downloading logic
> >   - Use the same code-path for both.
> >   - Have them use the same caching logic.
> >
> > 3. Use npm's cache logic instead of our own:
> >   - Just type npm help cache to see what it does
> >   - Would allow for: "cordova cache clean"
> >
> > I would *not* want to lose our support for --searchpath, as I think it's
> > really handy. I don't see a problem with this though.
> >
> > This would also enable CLI to answer queries like "what platform versions
> > are available", and make it trivial to do "install cordova-android@3.0.0
> "
> >
> > This isn't something I have time to work on in the near future, but
> wanted
> > to see if everyone would be onboard with the change. I'll end up just
> > filing bugs for the changes if it sounds good... but if anyone else wants
> > to work on it... :)
> >
>

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