[wp-hackers] Plugin dependency checking

Glenn Ansley glenn at glennansley.com
Thu Jun 11 21:26:10 GMT 2009

Hey all,
I've been toying with this idea while on the phone with a client this
afternoon and I have a proof of concept I'd like to have you look at.
Please let me know what you think. Example at:

   1. Copy the code at the top of hello_dolly.txt and paste it into
the top of your Hello Dolly plugin
   2. Try to activate Hello Dolly without Akismet activated.
   3. Activate Akismet and try to activate Hello Dolly
   4. Deactivate Akismet and confirm that Hello Dolly has been deactivated

Glenn Ansley

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM, scribu<scribu at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Ideally, I think, in the Manage Plugins page, Spam Karma would have a
>> little open/close control that would use Ajax to reveal/hide the
>> sub-plugins.
> That would be nice. The plugins page needs a restyling anyway.
>> This same idea would work for your "dependent" plugins.  It's the same
>> idea, just different wording.
> Yes, it's the same concept: plugins that depend on a base / toolkit /
> framework plugin.
> I may submit a patch enabling that ability.  I'm pretty sure I can do the
>> actual sub-plugin checking, but the Ajaxy stuff for the Admin is outside my
>> area....
> Sure would be nice to have at least a starting patch.
> A new field in the plugin header would be nice:
> /*
> Plugin Name: My Plugin
> Depends On: Spam Karma, scbFramework
> */
> WP would check if each plugin in the list is installed and active and takes
> care of the loading order.
> After we got that working we could start on the user experience.
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