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Update Use Vendorer, its not entagled with rails / simpler.

There is a plugin in vendor/plugins and you don`t know where it came from ?

  • simple plugin updates through stored plugin url+branch
  • see available plugin updates (with commit messages)
  • see locally modified(aka hacked) plugins
  • see url / branch / revision / installed_at of installed plugins
  • ...

Rails 2: Use script/plugin instead of rails plugin


rails plugin install git://

Reinstall so plugin meta data is available for tracked_plugins too.

rails plugin install --force git://


Meta info/updates are only available for newly installed plugins.


As usual:

rails plugin install git://


With revision and installed_at date

rails plugin list
parallel_tests git:// b195927a98aa351fcefef20730a2fdad7ff3efd5 2010-01-10 15:46:44


Already most recent revision

rails plugin update parallel_tests

Plugin is up to date: parallel_tests (b195927a98aa351fcefef20730a2fdad7ff3efd5)

Update needed

rails plugin update parallel_tests

Reinstalling plugin: parallel_tests (b195927a98aa351fcefef20730a2fdad7ff3efd5)
Unpacking objects: 100% (21/21), done.
From git://
 * branch            HEAD       -> FETCH_HEAD


  • Locally modified == you made some hacks!!
  • checksum == md5 checksum of this plugins folder
  • updateable ?
  • --log == show available updates

Already up to date and unmodified

rails plugin info parallel_tests

checksum: 8a6d69d6c7fb0928ccae8b451a2914eb
locally_modified: No
installed_at: Sun Jan 10 15:59:27 +0100 2010
revision: b195927a98aa351fcefef20730a2fdad7ff3efd5
updateable: No
uri: git://

With available updates and --log

rails plugin info --log parallel_tests

checksum: 3b243eaad567166d1538a5ffad31fec8
installed_at: Wed Jan 13 21:10:04 +0100 2010
locally_modified: No
revision: a0741c68326d42b726a2ec3c3780d8559fa8404b
updateable: Yes
uri: git://

available updates:
b195927a98aa351fcefef20730a2fdad7ff3efd5 4 weeks ago improve docs
ea7eab3544c641dc6a965a1af45d36cdce3f0bd5 4 weeks ago Add support for parallel_spec.opts
115e7a802905c06058444764b059763edc06d277 3 months ago micro doc change


  • as gem? (+ Gemfile instructions with :group => :development)
  • add test for uninstall.rb
  • move old_script_plugin from lib folder to li/tracked_plugins
  • make specs faster by cloning local copy of a repo
  • fix specs
  • rails plugin update all
  • rails plugin info all
  • get rails core to swap old script/plugin with this vote/complain here


Michael Grosser
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