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From Frederico Costa Galvão (JIRA) <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CB-10108) Plugin framework management fails
Date Tue, 01 Dec 2015 21:59:10 GMT
Frederico Costa Galvão created CB-10108:

             Summary: Plugin framework management fails
                 Key: CB-10108
             Project: Apache Cordova
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Android, CLI, iOS
    Affects Versions: 5.4.1
         Environment: Linux Xubuntu 13.10 x86_64, \{node -v === v5.1.0\} \{npm -v === 3.3.12\}
            Reporter: Frederico Costa Galvão

The fix to has created another one (or made
it visible), and the initial problem is thus left unsolved.
Actually, I think the newly visible issue is something I've been suspecting for a while now.
I'll explain it along the way.

I was able to reproduce with a minimal scenario:
(Step #2 is to fix another issue with 5.3.3, it has nothing to do with the issue at hand)

* npm rm -g cordova && npm i -g cordova@5.3.3
* mkdir -p <node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-lib/node_modules
&& ln -s <node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-app-hello-world

* cordova create hello
* cd hello/
* cordova platform add \-\-save android
* cordova plugin add \-\-save cordova-plugin-facebook4 \-\-variable APP_ID="123456789" \-\-variable
* cordova \-d compile android \-\- \-\-minSdkVersion=15 *<\- At this point everything is
okay, and this minSdkVersion is to work around another issue*

* npm rm -g cordova && npm i -g cordova@5.4.1

Before we go on, open up <node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-lib/src/plugman/platforms/android.js
and add the following line at #174
console.log('options', JSON.stringify(options, null, 4));

* cordova prepare android -d

Executing "before_prepare"  hook for all plugins.
Searching PlatformJson files for differences between project vs. platform installed plugins
Reinstalling missing plugin cordova-plugin-device to android platform
Beginning processing of action stack for android project...
Action stack processing complete.
Beginning processing of action stack for android project...
Action stack processing complete.
Reinstalling missing plugin cordova-plugin-facebook4 to android platform
Beginning processing of action stack for android project...
Uninstalling Android library:
options {
    "platforms": [
    "options": {
        "verbose": true,
        "argv": []
    "verbose": true,
    "silent": false,
    "browserify": false,
    "projectRoot": "<path>/temp/testes/5.4.1/hello-facebook-device",
    "cordova": {
        "platforms": [],
        "plugins": [
        "version": "5.4.1"
    "paths": [
    "variables": {
        "APP_ID": "123456789",
        "APP_NAME": "myApplication",
        "PACKAGE_NAME": "io.cordova.hellocordova"
    "usePlatformWww": true
Error during processing of action! Attempting to revert...
Error: TypeError: Uh oh!
Invalid Version: undefined
    at new SemVer (<node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/semver/semver.js:281:11)
    at compare (<node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/semver/semver.js:571:10)
    at Function.gte (<node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/semver/semver.js:620:10)
    at module.exports.framework.uninstall (<node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-lib/src/plugman/platforms/android.js:176:28)
    at <node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-lib/src/platforms/PlatformApiPoly.js:670:31
    at Object.ActionStack.process (<node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-lib/node_modules/cordova-common/src/ActionStack.js:56:25)
    at PlatformApiPoly.removePlugin (<node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-lib/src/platforms/PlatformApiPoly.js:314:20)
    at <node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/cordova-lib/src/cordova/prepare.js:165:24
    at _fulfilled (<node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/q/q.js:787:54)
    at self.promiseDispatch.done (<node/npm>/lib/node_modules/cordova/node_modules/q/q.js:816:30)

So, the thing is: the code responsible for installing or uninstalling frameworks for android
(I haven't checked other platforms completely) tries to access the platform version in a way
that does not match reality. This bug only appears if you have a plugin that includes framework
dependencies, as is the case with jeduan's cordova-plugin-facebook4.
*options.platformVersion* is never a valid attribute of this object, in any test I've done,
and the correct way to get it should be *options.cordova.version*.
The thing is, I've been suspecting that plugin uninstallations were never able to handle gradle
dependencies added by a plugin, as far as I remember.
I have all my platforms on version control, and I remember quite a few times when I had to
remove or update plugins like this, I had to clean leftovers from a few places by hand. None
of the following sections were updated properly on a plugin uninstallation process (I might
have forgotten some):
# platforms/android/build.gradle (dependencies block: SUB-PROJECT DEPENDENCIES)
# platforms/android/
# platforms/ios/*.pdxproj (at every FRAMEWORK_SEARCH_PATHS section)

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