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Minimalistinc include for fully automatic version checking agains the sponge ore repository

How to use

Add the dependency

To use this with gradle you should be able to just add the following to your build.gradle:

plugins {
	id 'java'
	id 'com.github.johnrengelman.shadow' version '5.1.0'
allprojects {
	repositories {
		maven { url '' }
dependencies {
    shadow 'com.github.DosMike:SpongePluginVersionChecker:master-SNAPSHOT'
//from personal experience use this task to build your jar:
task uberJar(type:ShadowJar, group:'_Plugin', dependsOn:removeOldVersions) {
    duplicatesStrategy = DuplicatesStrategy.EXCLUDE
    exclude 'META-INF/**'
    manifest {
                'Implementation-Version': project.version)
    configurations = [project.configurations.shadow]
    //relocate the version checker to avoid problems with different versions of versionChecker in different plugins
    //conveniently the plugin id supports a limited character set that can be used as package name
    relocate('de.dosmike.sponge', 'shadow.dosmike.versionchecker.'+pluginid) {
        //don't relocate my actual plugins - yes, includes are paths!
        include "de/dosmike/sponge/VersionChecker"
        include "de/dosmike/sponge/VersionChecker\$Version"
    from(sourceSets.main.output) //.output would not capture for me
    classifier = null

//if you want your plugin to be jitpack-able, you'll have to add the shadow jar as artifact:
artifacts {
    archives uberJar

Usage example

Once the dependency is added you just need to call one method. It's recommended to call this method after all plugins are loaded by Spoge. This method checks if the specified config allows version checking. If so, it performs version check on the provided executor.

VersionChecker.conformAuto(instance:Object, configDir:Path, configName:String)

instance: the plugin instance to check for updates, usually this
configDir: where to search for the configuration (private plugin directory is recommended)
configName: the name of the config file, if configDir is the public config dir it's recommended to start the filename with the plugin id

Alternatively you can use VersionChecker.setVersionCheckingEnabled(pluginId:String, allowVersionChecking:boolean); followed by VersionChecker.checkVersion(instance:Object) or VersionChecker.checkPluginVersion(container:PluginContainer)

pluginId: This should be your plugin id
allowVersionChecking: true if version checking is allowed. To follow Ore Guidelines, this value may ONLY be set true from a config node like node.getBoolean(false)
instance: Your plugin instance
container: Your plugin container


If the property VerboseVersionChecker is set to true VersionChecker will print additional information to the console.


MIT licensed, see the LICENSE file.

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