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From Shazron <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Revert Cordova plugins to work with default pinned versions
Date Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:23:04 GMT
+1 what Steve said. Let's make sure all stakeholders take note of the
discuss threads for plugins, not just platforms, in the future so we
can nip this in the bud.

"Cordova should not be backtracking releases due to downstreams" ->
Steve's cli pinning proposal would solve the VS scenario in the
future, would it not?

On Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 2:06 PM, julio cesar sanchez
<> wrote:
> This has hit phonegap build users too as cordova android 5 isn't released
> there yet and people doesn't pin the plugin version
> 2015-11-25 22:38 GMT+01:00 Parashuram N <>:
>> I agree that we should have brought this up during the DISCUSS phase.
>> VS is preparing for a fix in the week of Dec 7 when we are anticipating
>> Cordova 6 with ios9 and marshmallow support.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Steven Gill []
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:46 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [DISCUSS] Revert Cordova plugins to work with default pinned
>> versions
>> I think it is more reasonable to get users to explicitly update their
>> cordova-android to 5 than it is to get people who are using
>> cordova-android@5 now to be explicit about adding plugins versions which
>> are higher than what npm shows (assuming we set latest back to previous
>> release).
>> Most people want to and should be supporting marshmallow.
>> In the case you describe above about installing the camera plugin and it
>> failing, it isn't a silent failure. Users get notified that the version of
>> camera doesn't support their version of android and they should update.
>> Users using cordova-android 5 don't get such a nice failure message for
>> using older plugins that don't support the new permission model.
>> Instead they realize at runtime. Much worse.
>> Now, the reason why I am willing to revert the `latest` tag for those 5
>> plugins (file, media, camera, contacts, geolocation) to previous releases
>> is the case you brought up in slack. Visual studio grabs latest plugins and
>> can't get a update out quickly. We can revert those until we get cordova@6
>> out.
>> I think this is more an issue with VS and less with cordova. Cordova
>> should not be backtracking releases due to downstreams. The discuss thread
>> for plugins came out 19 days ago. We have been chatting about this release
>> for even longer than that!
>> If we do this, I want to be very clear that it is a special exception.
>> Cordova should not be doing this again. It is up to Visual studio to be
>> prepared for releases. It is not cordova's responsibility.
>> With pinning plugins landing in cordova@6, this hopefully won't be an
>> issue anymore. I hope to get cordova@6 out in a couple of weeks. At that
>> time, latest will once again be switched for those 5 plugins. VS and other
>> downstream, please be prepared for it.
>> Hi,
>> The latest Cordova plugin release [1] has some plugins like camera,
>> contacts, files, geolocation, etc. that require mailto:
>> cordova-android@5.0.0 to work. The latest released version of Cordova-cli
>> does not pin mailto:
>> cordova-android@5.0.0, but instead pins cordova-android@4.1.1.
>> Scenario
>> - User adds android platform using cordova platform add android - he gets
>> cordova-anrdoid@4.1.1
>> - User now adds the camera plugin - cordova plugin add camera - gets the
>> version of the camera plugin that works only with cordova-android@5.0
>> This combination does not work and the scenario breaks.
>> I do understand that there are many folks who are already using
>> cordova-android@5 for marshmallow support, and that we need to release
>> the versions of plugins that support marshmallow. However, these folks
>> already add the cordova-android@5.0 platform by explicitly specifying a
>> version number. Hence, it would be reasonable to expect them to also add
>> the supported plugins by specifying a version number.
>> For folks who still add platforms and plugins without specifying version
>> numbers, I think we should ensure that the scenario continues to work.
>> Fix
>> I think the way to fix this issue would be to still have the verisons of
>> plugins that support cordova-android@5.0 released, but the "latest"
>> should point to the versions that cordova-cli has pinned.
>> [1]
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