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From "Spence DiNicolantonio (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CB-12977) Cordova 7 breaks npm install if any declared plugin doesn't contain package.json
Date Sun, 02 Jul 2017 14:48:00 GMT
Spence DiNicolantonio created CB-12977:
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             Summary: Cordova 7 breaks npm install if any declared plugin doesn't contain
package.json
                 Key: CB-12977
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CB-12977
             Project: Apache Cordova
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: cordova-cli, cordova-plugins
    Affects Versions: cordova@7.0.0
         Environment: OSX 10.12.15, npm 3.10.10, Cordova 7.0.1
            Reporter: Spence DiNicolantonio


As of Cordova 7, plugins declared in config.xml are automatically added to dependencies in
_package.json_ on prepare. This limits Cordova 7 projects to plugins that are also node packages,
as the {{npm install}} process will break if any declared dependency does not contain a valid
_package.json_ ([see related npm error|https://github.com/npm/npm/issues/7232]).

Quite a few functioning Cordova plugins (e.g. [CordovaClipboard|https://github.com/VersoSolutions/CordovaClipboard],
[PrivacyScreen|https://github.com/Telerik-Verified-Plugins/PrivacyScreen]) live on GitHub
and don't contain a _package.json_. In order to use such plugins in conjunction with Cordova
7 without breaking `npm install`, we must omit the plugin declarations from config.xml and
commit the contents of the _/plugins_ directory. 

To be clear, this is not a malfunction of the Cordova CLI. Rather, this is a side-effect of
the automated mirroring of _config.xml_ and _package.json_ configuration in Cordova 7.



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