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From "Philipp Kursawe (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CB-12594) Local development of plugins with variables need variables in fetch.json
Date Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:10:42 GMT
Philipp Kursawe created CB-12594:

             Summary: Local development of plugins with variables need variables in fetch.json
                 Key: CB-12594
             Project: Apache Cordova
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Android, CLI, iOS, Plugins
            Reporter: Philipp Kursawe

Consider a plugin that defined a preference in its plugin.xml

When you use the CLI feature to save plugins into config.xml and also add the variables for
this plugin, the CLI complains when adding the plugin during platform restore (missing variables):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    id="cordova-plugin" version="1.0">

    <preference name="COMPANY_NAME" />


<plugin name="cordova-plugin" spec="cordova-plugin-insert-io">
        <variable name="COMPANY_NAME" value="acme" />

When removing a platform and re-adding it this is the result:

Installing "cordova-plugin" for android
Failed to install 'cordova-plugin':Error: Variable(s) missing: COMPANY_NAME
    at /Users/xxx/.nvm/versions/node/v6.2.0/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-lib/src/plugman/install.js:362:23
    at _fulfilled (/Users/xxx/.nvm/versions/node/v6.2.0/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/q/q.js:787:54)
    at self.promiseDispatch.done (/Users/xxx/.nvm/versions/node/v6.2.0/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/q/q.js:816:30)
    at Promise.promise.promiseDispatch (/Users/xxx/.nvm/versions/node/v6.2.0/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/q/q.js:749:13)
    at /Users/xxx/.nvm/versions/node/v6.2.0/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/q/q.js:557:44
    at flush (/Users/xxx/.nvm/versions/node/v6.2.0/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/q/q.js:108:17)
    at _combinedTickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:67:7)
    at process._tickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:98:9)
Error: Variable(s) missing: INSERT_COMPANY_NAME

It seems, the CLI checks the fetch.json file, and if that does not contain the variables,
it fails with this error. Manually adding the variables to the fetch.json file, or re-installing
the plugin helps (reinstalling rewrites the fetch.json file).

That means, if we add a variable to our plugin during plugin development, we would have to
remove the plugin (unlink) it first, and then re-add it, specifying all the variables at the

How it should actually work is that config.xml has precedence over whatever it says in fetch.json.
Or get rid of fetch.json alltogether. I think its only there for historical reasons?

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