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proto v0.27 - PowerShell profiles, shim regeneration, and more

· 2 min read
Miles Johnson
Founder, developer

This is a small release that improves the overall developer experience.

PowerShell profile support

When proto was first launched, we didn't support PowerShell profiles, but did support Windows by running setx commands to inject the PROTO_HOME environment variable, and update PATH. While this worked, it was not ideal, and unexpected for users. This is our fault and our lack of Windows knowledge.

Starting with v0.27, we now official support PowerShell profiles, and will no longer call setx. Instead we write the environment variable changes to one of these files, depending on what exists:

  • Windows
    • ~\Documents\PowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1
    • ~\Documents\PowerShell\Profile.ps1
  • Unix
    • ~/.config/powershell/Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1
    • ~/.config/powershell/profile.ps1

Regenerate shims & bins

proto has gone through some growing pains, we won't deny that. With the handful of breaking changes, the configuration refactor, and the ground-up rework of how shims/bins are handled, we've hit a few snags. Most of those snags have been around tool execution.

To remedy some of these problems, we're introducing the proto regen command. This command will clean the shims (~/.proto/shims) and optionally bins (~/.proto/bins) directory, regenerate shims, and relink bins based on globally pinned versions.

$ proto regen

# Include bins
$ proto regen --bin

This is extremely useful in resetting to a clean state.

Better version parsing for TOML plugins

When our TOML plugin receives a version, we attempt to parse it into a valid semantic version. However, not all tools follow semver, as they may release without patch or minor versions, or use a different pre/build pattern.

To remedy this, we've updated our regex to be more flexible, and to utilize named capture groups. With named groups, we can now piece the version together, fill in missing values, and then parse it.

We've also renamed the field to version-pattern from git-tag-pattern, as the regex is now also used for manifest parsing. The old name is still supported for the time being.

# Before
git-tag-pattern = "^@protostar/cli@((\\d+)\\.(\\d+)\\.(\\d+))"

# After
version-pattern = "^@protostar/cli@((?<major>\\d+)\\.(?<minor>\\d+)\\.(?<patch>\\d+))"

Jump to the official documentation for more information!

Other changes

View the official release for a full list of changes.