Redmine plugins should be gems
- Get the source from somewhere
- Copy it to the plugins directory
Distributing your plugins as gems is a vastly better solution.
Two steps, which should be fairly familiar to anybody installing Redmine:
- Add to
With gems your plugins version becomes a first-class citizen. While versioning can be handled using branches/tags or specific downloaded packages in the old way of doing things, tracking master directly from the repository is the most common way.
If your gem has dependencies on other libraries/gems, the gem spec is the perfect way to specify these. Properly configured, this will allow Bundler/RubyGems to fetch the necessary dependencies when installing, making the installation even easier.
Installation from source is still possible
Thanks to Bundler, you can still grab the plugin from the git source repository:
gem "gem-name", :git => "email@example.com:koppen/redmine_github_hook.git"
… or a tag or a branch or any of the other git options from Bundler.
Just do it
So what are you waiting for? Go forth and distribute your Redmine plugins as gems.