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On Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM, Jeroen De Dauw <jeroendedauw(a)gmail.com>wrote;wrote:
As you are probably aware of, it has been possible for some time now to
install Composer compatible MediaWiki extensions via Composer.
Markus Glaser recently wrote an RFC titled "Extension management with
Composer" . This RFC mentioned that it is not possible for extensions to
specify which version of MediaWiki they are compatible with. After
discussing the problem with some people from the Composer community, I
created a commit that addresses this pain point . It's been sitting on
gerrit getting stale, so some input there is appreciated.
For your convenience, a copy of the commit message:
Make it possible for extensions to specify which version of MediaWiki
they support via Composer.
This change allows extensions to specify they depend on a specific
version or version range of MediaWiki. This is done by adding the
package mediawiki/mediawiki in their composer.json require section.
As MediaWiki itself is not a Composer package and is quite far away
from becoming one, a workaround was needed, which is provided by
It works as follows. When "composer install" or "composer update"
is run, a Composer hook is invoked. This hook programmatically
indicates the root package provides MediaWiki, as it indeed does
when extensions are installed into MediaWiki. The package link
of type "provides" includes the MediaWiki version, which is read
This functionality has been tested and confirmed to work. One needs
a recent Composer version for it to have an effect. The upcoming
Composer alpha8 release will suffice. See
Tests are included. Composer independent tests will run always,
while the Composer specific ones are skipped when Composer is
People that already have a composer.json file in their MediaWiki
root directory will need to make the same additions there as this
commit makes to composer-json.example. If this is not done, the
new behaviour will not work for them (though no existing behaviour
will break). The change to the json file has been made in such a
way to minimize the likelihood that any future modifications there
will be needed.
Thanks go to @beausimensen (Sculpin) and @seldaek (Composer) for
I also wrote up a little blog post on the topic:
Jeroen De Dauw
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