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From Ian Clelland <>
Subject Re: project version info
Date Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:11:25 GMT
On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM, Michal Mocny <> wrote:

> The reason CLI is reporting that number is because we tried to go semver in
> an odd way (CAD-SEM) and CLI version was supposed to be just the SEM part
> and the CAD was just informational -- which hasn't worked out so well.  The
> next CLI release is going to drop the old SEM and turn the existing CAD
> into the new SEM.  i.e.: npm install -g cordova@rc you'll notice that its
> just 3.7.0.

There's also the issue that the CLI version doesn't necessarily correspond
exactly to the platform versions. CLI 3.6.0-0.2.9 by default installs
Android 3.6.0, for instance, but FFOS 3.6.1. And with independent platform
releases, it's about to get a lot weirder.

I don't know if a better question is which CLI version you used to create a
project, or which platform versions are actually installed (which you can
get from `cordova platfom ls`)


> w.r.t. reporting installed version and not workspace created version: the
> version of the CLI that was used to create a project should not be what is
> important.  Its the current versions of the platforms and plugins within
> your workspace that are actually important.
> This is because when you upgrade your CLI, we will not use the version that
> was used to create the project any more.  There have been proposals for
> this, but its not implemented, we just assume you always want the latest
> CLI to manage your workspace.
> This could become an issue if the CLI breaks compatibility with directory
> structure / old platform/plugin structure, but that hasn't come up yet.  If
> that *does* happen, we can introduce a "created-with" at that point, and
> use the lack of "created-with" as a signal for old version.
> For what its worth, for cca we drop a "created-with-cca-version" file
> inside your platforms/ folder, since we currently also pin platforms.  When
> you upgrade your cca tool, we then know to prompt for a platforms upgrade.
> I don't know if this will still be necessary with independent platform
> releases.
> -Michal
> On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 6:41 AM, Ray Camden <> wrote:
> > I¹m posting this here as opposed to the Google Group as it seems like the
> > type of thing that may have been discussed, then turned down, and I
> > figured this list was best to answer why.
> >
> > Unless I¹m not seeing it, there is no way to tell what version of the CLI
> > was used to build a project. Oddly ³cordova info² will return Cordova
> > version, but for me, the # makes no sense. Here is one I got with a
> recent
> > project: 0.21.13.
> >
> > Is there a reason why 3.6.3 isn¹t returned and not saved in config.xml?
> >
> > I¹m assuming it is because plugin version info is more important, but I
> > can definitely seeing wanting to know what CLI version was used.
> >
> >
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