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From "Carlos Santana (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-5921) Cordova on iOS should use an XCWorkspace, or at least support using one.
Date Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:47:54 GMT


Carlos Santana commented on CB-5921:

[~shazron] This is great here in IBM we are looking at Cocoapods as the defacto standard for
building libraries for developers to include the IBM SDKs. I know you already mentioned that
we don't allow external packages dictate where Cordova should go, but this is building block
if we want to use cocoapods to take what cordova produces (core and plugins) then produce
cocoapods that are portable int he cocoapods ecosystem.

cocoapods is something we can leverage little or more as cordova see it fit, I think there
are things that the pod client handles well that we don't have to re-invent the well like
editing xcbuild files to add or remove pods/frameworks

I will check your branch out and make comments in gihub, I'm curios to see how you are packaging
the web parts of the plugin as resources bundle, and then make it available to the web view,
it was the only part I didn't have a clear picture how to solved.

> Cordova on iOS should use an XCWorkspace, or at least support using one.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-5921
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: iOS
>            Reporter: Graham Mueller
>            Priority: Minor
>              Labels: core
>             Fix For: 4.0.0
>         Attachments: build
> Hi Guys,
> Not sure what to log this as. It's not so much a bug as an incompatibility with other
frameworks. Anyway, this is specifically an issue with the build process on iOS. Do with it
what you will.
> If you're familiar with the CocoaPods framework, you'll know that on initial install,
it creates an XCWorkspace file, and instructs you to exclusively use that afterwards. This
is because the CocoaPods library adds itself as a linked project that must be built, similar
to Cordova/Phonegap. The difference is that Cordova adds itself as a sub project, instead
of a sibling project (which is effectively the workspace goal, from my understanding, though
I'm having a hard time finding a good link to explain it better).
> So, I would suggest that Cordova moves to this setup as well -- it should create the
workspace that has both the Cordova project and your app project.
> Alternatively, if you don't want to go through and change that creation code, it would
be great if the CLI offered someway to specify what you want it to build. I found the actual
build script that's calling xcodebuild with a -project flag in it (this is where -workspace
would go). There is currently no way to override this, so there is currently no way at all
to support workspaces (and consequently no way to use CocoaPods).
> Any thoughts or reasons not to do so?
> Thanks,
> Graham

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