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v7 Regression: Different behavior of babel-preset-env around whether Edge 15 needs destructuring to be transpiled #9255

rmacklin opened this Issue Dec 28, 2018 · 3 comments


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rmacklin commented Dec 28, 2018

v7 Regression

Describe the regression
I’ve noticed that while upgrading a project to babel 7, which includes replacing the old babel-preset-env@1.7.0 package with the newer @babel/preset-env@7.2.3, the set of transforms applied for the edge 15 browser target changed.

Before the upgrade, destructuring was not being transpiled, but after the upgrade it is being transpiled (unexpectedly).

Input Code

function foo({ a, b }) {
  return a + b;

Babel Configuration (.babelrc, package.json, cli command)

This is the configuration passed to babel-preset-env / @babel/preset-env:

targets: {
  browsers: ['edge 15']


Output using babel 6.2.6 and babel-preset-env 1.6.2 (REPL):

"use strict";

function foo({ a, b }) {
  return a + b;

Output using babel 7.2.2 and preset-env 7.2.3 (REPL):

"use strict";

function foo(_ref) {
  let a = _ref.a,
      b = _ref.b;
  return a + b;

Expected behavior/code

I expected the output code using babel 7 to be the same as when using babel 6. That is, I didn't expect that upgrading to babel 7 would start transpiling destructuring for Edge 15.


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rmacklin commented Dec 29, 2018

I came across which adds "edge: 18" to the transform-destructuring configuration in babel-preset-env/data/plugins.json, and if I change the configured browser target to edge 18, it goes back to not transpiling destructuring. However, I’d like to understand why it wasn’t being transpiled originally when using babel 6 and babel-preset-env 1.6.x or 1.7.0.

How does babel-preset-env use caniuse data, and in particular, how that has changed since babel-preset-env was its own package outside the monorepo (i.e. version <= 1.7.0)?

Ideally, I’d like to be able to upgrade the project I'm working on to babel 7 without changing the transpiled output and without changing the browsers list, but running into this issue makes that impossible. Thus, I’d like to understand what’s different in the newer versions of the env preset so that I can make the right decision about whether to accept different transpilation output or modify the browsers configuration.


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nicolo-ribaudo commented Dec 29, 2018

We had to enable that transpilation because of #8349

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