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From vladimir-kotikov <>
Subject [GitHub] cordova-cli pull request: Add cordova CLI readme docs
Date Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:25:34 GMT
Github user vladimir-kotikov commented on a diff in the pull request:
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    +# Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one
    +# or more contributor license agreements.  See the NOTICE file
    +# distributed with this work for additional information
    +# regarding copyright ownership.  The ASF licenses this file
    +# to you under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the
    +# "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance
    +# with the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at
    +# Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing,
    +# software distributed under the License is distributed on an
    +#  KIND, either express or implied.  See the License for the
    +# specific language governing permissions and limitations
    +# under the License.
    +#Cordova Command-line-interface (CLI) Reference
    +    cordova command [options]
    +##Global Commands
    +These commands are available at all times.    
    +| Command  | Description
    +| create | Create a project
    +| help <command> | Get help for a command
    +##Project Commands
    +These commands are supported in a valid Cordova project.
    +| Command      | Description
    +| info         | Generate project information
    +| requirements | Checks and print out all the installation requirements for platforms
    +| platform     | Manage project platforms
    +| plugin       | Manage project plugins
    +| prepare      | Copy files into platform(s) for building
    +| compile      | Build platform(s)
    +| clean        | Cleanup project from build artifacts
    +| run          | Run project (including prepare && compile)
    +| serve        | Run project with a local webserver (including prepare)
    +##Common options
    +These options appply to all cordova-cli commands.
    +| Option               | Description
    +| -d or --verbose      | Pipe out more verbose output to your shell. You can also subscribe
to `log` and `warn` events if you are consuming `cordova-cli` as a node module by calling
`cordova.on('log', function() {})` or `cordova.on('warn', function() {})`.
    +| -v or --version      | Print out the version of your `cordova-cli` install.
    +| --no-update-notifier | will disable updates check. Alternatively set `"optOut": true`
in `~/.config/configstore/update-notifier-cordova.json` or set `NO_UPDATE_NOTIFIER` environment
variable with any value (see details in [update-notifier docs](
    +|--nohooks             | suppress executing hooks (taking RegExp hook patterns as parameters)
    +- The following commands will:
    +    - Create a cordova project in `myApp` directory.
    +    - Add `cordova-plugin-camera` to the project and `config.xml`.
    +    - Add `android` platform to the project
    +    - Check for system requirements for the `android` platform.
    +    - Build the project for the `android` platform and emit verbose output.
    +    - Run the project on `android` emulator or device.
    +    - Build `android` platform using custom signing options.
    +    cordova create myApp org.apache.cordova.myApp myApp
    +    cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-camera --save
    +    cordova platform add android --save
    +    cordova requirements android    
    +    cordova build android --verbose
    +    cordova run android
    +    cordova build android --release -- --keystore="..\android.keystore" --storePassword=android
    +##cordova create command
    +Create the directory structure for the Cordova project in the specified path.
    +    cordova create path [id [name [config]]] [options] 
    +| Value | Description   |
    +| path  |  Directory which should not already exist. Cordova will create this directory.
For more details on the directory structure, see below. |
    +| id    | _Default_: `io.cordova.hellocordova` <br/>  Reverse domain-style identifier
that maps to `id` attirbute of `widget` element in `config.xml`. This can be changed but there
may be code generated using this value, such as Java package names. It is recommended that
you select an appropriate value.  |
    +| name  | _Default_: `HelloCordova` <br/> Application's display title that maps
`name` element in `config.xml` file. This can be changed but there may be code generated using
this value, such as Java class names. The default value is `HelloCordova`, but it is recommended
that you select an appropriate value. |
    +| config | JSON string whose key/values will be included in `<path>`/.cordova/config.json
    +| Option | Description |
    +| --template |  Use a custom template located locally, in NPM, or GitHub. |
    +| --copy-from\|--src | _Deprecated_ <br/> Use --template instead. Specifies a directory
from which to copy the current Cordova project. |
    +|--link-to | Symlink to specified `www` directory without creating a copy. |
    +###Directory structure
    +A Cordova application built with `cordova-cli` will have the following directory structure:
    +    myapp/
    +    |-- config.xml
    +    |-- hooks/
    +    |-- merges/
    +    | | |-- android/
    +    | | |-- blackberry10/
    +    | | `-- ios/
    +    |-- www/                    
    +    |-- platforms/             
    +    | |-- android/
    +    | |-- blackberry10/
    +    | `-- ios/
    +    `-- plugins/
    +#### `config.xml`
    +Specifies your application configuration allowing you to customize behavior for your
file. See also [conifg.xml reference documentation][config.xml ref]
    +#### www/
    +Contains the project's web artifacts, such as .html, .css and .js files. As a cordova
application developer, most of your code and assets will go here. They will be copied on a
`cordova prepare` to each platform's www directory. The www source directory is reproduced
within each platform's subdirectory, appearing for example in platforms/ios/www or platforms/android/assets/www.
Because the CLI constantly copies over files from the source www folder, you should only edit
these files and not the ones located under the platforms subdirectories. If you use version
control software, you should add this source www folder, along with the merges folder, to
your version control system.
    +#### platforms/
    +Contains all the source code and build scripts for the platforms that you add to your
    +**WARNING:** When using the CLI to build your application, you should not edit any files
in the /platforms/ directory unless you know what you are doing, or if documentation specifies
otherwise. The files in this directory are routinely overwritten when preparing applications
for building, or when plugins are reinstalled. 
    +#### plugins/
    +Any added plugins will be extracted or copied into this directory. 
    +#### hooks/
    +This directory may contains scripts used to customize cordova-cli commands. Any scripts
you add to these directories will be executed before and after the commands corresponding
to the directory name. Useful for integrating your own build systems or integrating with version
control systems.
    +Refer to [Hooks Guide] for more information.
    +#### merges/
    +Platform-specific web assets (HTML, CSS and JavaScript files) are contained within appropriate
subfolders in this directory. These are deployed during a `prepare` to the appropriate native
directory.  Files placed under `merges/` will override matching files in the `www/` folder
for the relevant platform. A quick example, assuming a project structure of:
    +    merges/
    +    |-- ios/
    +    | `-- app.js
    +    |-- android/
    +    | `-- android.js
    +    www/
    +    `-- app.js
    +After building the Android and iOS projects, the Android application will contain both
`app.js` and `android.js`. However, the iOS application will only contain an `app.js`, and
it will be the one from `merges/ios/app.js`, overriding the "common" `app.js` located inside
    +####Version control
    +It is recommended not to check in `platforms/` and `plugins/` directories into version
control as they are considered a build artifact. Instead, you should save the platform/plugin
spec in the `config.xml` and they will be downloaded when on the machine when `cordova prepare`
is invoked.
    +- Create a Cordova project in `myapp` directory using the specified ID and display name.
    +    cordova create myapp com.mycompany.myteam.myapp MyApp
    +- Create a Cordova project with a symlink to an existing `www` directory. This can be
useful if you have a custom build process or existing web assets that you want to use in your
Cordova app:
    +    cordova create myapp --link-to=../www
    +##cordova platform command
    +Manage cordova platforms - allowing you to add, remove, update, list and check for updates.
Running commands to add or remove platforms affects the contents of the project's platforms
    +    cordova {platform | platfoms} [ 
    +        add <platform-spec> [...] {--save | link=<path> } | 
    +        {remove | rm}  platform [...] | 
    +        {list | ls}  | 
    +        check | 
    +        save ] 
    +| Sub-command           | Option | Description |
    +| add `<platform-spec>` [...] |  | Add specified platforms |
    +|     | --save                   | Save `<platform-spec>` into config.xml after
installing them using `<engine>` tag |
    +|     | --link=`<path>`          | When `<platform-spec>` is a local path,
links the platform library directly instead of making a copy of it (support varies by platform;
useful for platform development)
    +| remove `<platform>` [...] |    | Remove specified platforms |
    +|     | --save                   | Delete specified platforms from config.xml after removing
them |
    +| update `platform` [...] |      | Update specified platforms |
    +|     | --save                   | Updates the version specified in `config.xml` |  
    +| list |                         | List all installed and available platforms |
    +| check |                        | List platforms which can be updated by `cordova-cli
platform update | 
    +| save  |                        | Save `<platform-spec>` of all platforms added
to config.xml |
    +### Platform-spec
    +There are a number of ways to specify a platform:    
    +    <platform-spec> : platform[@version] | path | url[#commit-ish]
    +| Value | Description |
    +| platform  | Platform name e.g. android, ios, windows etc. to be added to the project.
Every release of cordova CLI pins a version for each platform. When no version is specified
this version is used to add the platform. |
    +| version   | Major.minor.patch version specifier using semver |
    +| path      |  Path to a directory containing a platform |
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