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Unable to modify existing RN project to use single index.js entry point (both iOS and Android) #16517

sunweiyang opened this issue Oct 24, 2017 · 8 comments


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@sunweiyang sunweiyang commented Oct 24, 2017

Is this a bug report?


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OS: macOS High Sierra 10.13
Node: 8.6.0
Yarn: 1.2.0
npm: 5.5.1
Watchman: 4.9.0
Xcode: Xcode 9.0.1 Build version 9A1004
Android Studio: 2.3 AI-162.4069837

Packages: (wanted => installed)
react: 16.0.0-beta.5 => 16.0.0-beta.5
react-native: 0.49.3 => 0.49.3

Steps to Reproduce

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  1. Have an existing React Native 0.48 project
  2. Upgrade to React Native 0.49.3
  3. Rename to index.js, and delete index.ios.js
  4. Use jsCodeLocation = [NSURL URLWithString:@"http://localhost:8081/index.bundle?platform=ios&dev=true"]; in AppDelegate.m

Expected Behavior

My expectation was that RN 0.49.* would know to use index.js as the entry point, but the packager and output suggested that it was still trying to use the old entry points (i.e.

Actual Behavior

The packager showed this output, suggesting that it was using old entry points:

Bundling ``  [development, non-minified]  0.0% (0/1), failed.
error: bundling failed: Error
    at DependencyGraph._getAbsolutePath (/Users/sunw/Skale/Repos/skale-react-native/Skale/node_modules/metro-bundler/src/node-haste/DependencyGraph.js:305:11)
    at DependencyGraph.getDependencies (/Users/sunw/Skale/Repos/skale-react-native/Skale/node_modules/metro-bundler/src/node-haste/DependencyGraph.js:283:4236)
    at Resolver.getDependencies (/Users/sunw/Skale/Repos/skale-react-native/Skale/node_modules/metro-bundler/src/Resolver/index.js:129:5)
    at /Users/sunw/Skale/Repos/skale-react-native/Skale/node_modules/metro-bundler/src/Bundler/index.js:642:39
    at (<anonymous>)
    at step (/Users/sunw/Skale/Repos/skale-react-native/Skale/node_modules/metro-bundler/src/Bundler/index.js:13:1336)
    at /Users/sunw/Skale/Repos/skale-react-native/Skale/node_modules/metro-bundler/src/Bundler/index.js:13:1496
    at <anonymous>
    at process._tickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:188:7)

Screenshots (Android and iOS, respectively):



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@393197906 393197906 commented Oct 25, 2017

I have the same problem

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@duailibe duailibe commented Oct 25, 2017

I had the same problem, which was fixed by deleting the ios/build/ and android/app/build/ folders

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@sunweiyang sunweiyang commented Oct 25, 2017

Unfortunately @duailibe, the issue persists even after deleting ios/build/ and android/app/build/.

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@achuvm achuvm commented Oct 25, 2017

I'm pretty sure this could've been done prior to the defaulting to only 1 index.js file

For Android, go to your Module: app's build.gradle and add the following above the line: apply from: "../../node_modules/react-native/react.gradle"

project.ext.react = [
    entryFile: "index.js"

In, you need to override another function in the anonymous ReactNativeHost class by adding this:

    protected String getJSMainModuleName() {
      return "index";

For iOS, go to your AppDelegate.m and change "index.ios" to "index" in this line:

  jsCodeLocation = [[RCTBundleURLProvider sharedSettings] jsBundleURLForBundleRoot:@"index.ios" fallbackResource:nil];

Depending on how old your project is, you might have a Build Phases Script that looks like this:

export NODE_BINARY=node

../node_modules/react-native/scripts/ ../index.ios.js

In that case, you can remove the argument ../index.ios.js or simply rename it to index.js

These changes were tested with a new RN 47.2 project that I upgraded to RN 49.3 with a single index.js file. These instructions were also used to upgrade a RN 47.2 project w/ our Viro platform to a RN 49.3 project with a single index.js file too.

Hope that helps!

edit1: left out another android fix
edit2: added possibly additional iOS changes

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@AishwaryaSurana AishwaryaSurana commented Oct 26, 2017

@achuvm This helped when I run app through react-native run-ios but when I try through XCode this is not helping as well.

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@achuvm achuvm commented Oct 27, 2017

Hi @AishwaryaSurana,

That's interesting, maybe take a look at my updated answer for iOS, there's possibly another thing you have to change to run from Xcode. Although I was under the impression react-native run-ios would essentially build the Xcode project.

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@sunweiyang sunweiyang commented Oct 27, 2017

Thanks @achuvm, your edited comment worked great for me!

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