[wp-hackers] Plugin dependency checking

scribu scribu at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 00:37:25 GMT 2009

> Am I correct that you guys were not thinking about automatic download but
> instead just error checking to ensure that the depended plugin is currently
> installed.

Yes, I was thinking about auto-installing, but I wasn't thinking about
plugins not hosted on WP Extend.

A solution might be something like this:

$dependencies = array(
  'Akismet' => array('version' => '1.0'),
  'Other plugin not on extend' => array('version' => '1.0', 'url' =>

For plugins not hosted on Extend, the child plugin would have to specify a


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