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From Darryl Pogue <>
Subject Re: Make internal storage default on Android
Date Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:01:15 GMT
+1 because saving to the SD Card has added problems with other apps (such
as photo and music apps) picking up files that they shouldn't.

Nothing more annoying than accidentally unleashing 200 logos and icons into
the photos app of unsuspecting users.

On 22 July 2015 at 12:47, Simon MacDonald <> wrote:

> *TL;DR Summary*
> We should switch the default for the Cordova Android File System to be on
> internal storage, not the SD Card (or emulated SD card).
> *Long Version*
> Currently in Cordova Android when you use this code "window.
> requestFileSystem(PERSISTENT, 0, win, fail);" the root file system path
> that is returned is "/storage/emulated/0" i.e. "/sdcard".
> Why you may ask? Because back in 2010 or so Bryce Curtis and I argued that
> we should use the external storage location because internal storage was
> not very large on Android 2.x and we didn't want to have developers filling
> up the devices limited internal storage. Joe Bowser argued against it
> because of issues with the SD Card on Android but was eventually out voted.
> Now, I'm prepared to admit that Bryce was wrong (see what I did there?). I
> feel that the default behaviour for "window.requestFileSystem(PERSISTENT,
> 0, win, fail);" should be to resolve to a location on internal storage that
> meets the following requirements:
> a) private to the application
> b) removed when the application is uninstalled
> c) lines up with what we have on iOS and WP
> In fact you can get this behaviour right now but setting the following
> preference in config.xml:
> <preference name="AndroidPersistentFileLocation" value="Internal" />
> This gets you a root file path of "/data/data/<android
> package>/files/files/". The double "files" is an issue but we can probably
> ignore it for now.
> If a user wants the old behaviour they only need to make the preference:
> <preference name="AndroidPersistentFileLocation" value="Compatibility" />
> and the original behaviour will be retained.
> What I'm advocating for is to make internal storage the default behaviour
> for Cordova Android.
> *Code Changes*
> I've already taken a brief look into this and I feel the change is
> extremely minor. We need only change the default return value from
> "compatibility" to "internal" at line 156 of (
> https://github
> .com/apache/cordova-plugin-file/blob/master/src/android/
> ).
> If we wanted to make the change explicit to the user we could change
> plugin.
> xml to add the preference to config.xml as well.
> Thoughts, comments, applause?
> Simon Mac Donald

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