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    I'm trying to convert from using PhoneGap to Cordova CLI. I'm as sure as I can be that I've followed all of the instructions for the install / config and the checker inside Alpha tells me everything is good but when I try to build my first CLI app I get the following error

    Any help much appreciated

    Using cordova-fetch for cordova-android@^9.0.0
    Failed to fetch platform cordova-android@^9.0.0
    Probably this is either a connection problem, or platform spec is incorrect.
    Check your connection and platform name/version/URL.
    CordovaError: CordovaError: Could not determine package name from output:
    added 88 packages, and audited 89 packages in 5s

    7 packages are looking for funding
    run `npm fund` for details

    found 0 vulnerabilities
    No platforms added to this project. Please use `cordova platform add <platform>`.
    Android App Build complete

  • #2
    I think I needed to perform a restart before all the changes took.
    David Weinstein
    Best Tech


    • #3
      Ahhh - if only it was that simple. Tried it again just in case but still no joy


      • #4
        Ok I'm getting somewhere; I noticed from the title of the DOS box that the command it was trying to run was
        npm install cordova-android@^9.0.0
        so I ran it myself from the prompt and it did something
        I then ran the clibuild.bat again and this time it worked!!!!!!

        I've now got another error and still no apk but I'm at least progressing (I hope)

        I appreciate that Adobe shutting down PhoneGap was outside of AA's control but this is a damn poor substitute on the face of it


        • #5
          I have been on a bit of mission with this but have now discovered that a lot of my errors stemmed from installing node.js version 15; I uninstalled it and went for 14 instead and it all started working

          Amongst other things this fixed a load of dependency errors I was getting when the script issued the npm commands to install the plugins.

          Hope this helps someone