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From "Kris Erickson (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-5127) Detect changes to plugins and reinstall their source on prepare
Date Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:36:44 GMT


Kris Erickson commented on CB-5127:

Perhaps some of this information (what exactly prepare does) could be added to the documentation.

Also maybe add a command or an option to the prepare could be added to 're-install' plugins
rather than adding them, since uninstalling and reinstalling plugins is a bit of a pain since
it requires the full git path.  

For myself, everything is in my VCS and I have added the source code in platform to the VCS
(initially I assumed that it would be like the asset directory and updated each prepare and
kept it out of VCS).  I also assumed that if the plugin got update it would update source
code, but I guess that also is wrong (do you have to remove and re-add plugins to update them
in general).  

I like the new plugin architecture but it is very poorly documented (even finding the list
of plugins is frequently a googling safari and without I would have difficulty
finding plugins at all.)

> Detect changes to plugins and reinstall their source on prepare
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-5127
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: CLI
>    Affects Versions: 3.0.0
>         Environment: Windows 7, cordova CLI 3.0.4
>            Reporter: Kris Erickson
>            Assignee: Braden Shepherdson
>             Fix For: 3.2.0
> Running 
> cordova prepare android
> copies the javascript portion of the plugin, but not the Java source on android (haven't
yet tested on IOS).  Thus when the project is moved between machines the source isn't copied
if it isn't retained in the VCS or if the user adds a platform after adding a plugin.  My
suggestion would be to copy only if the source isn't there in case the user has changed the

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