Over the past several months I've been noticing a lot of problems with the
plugin management with the IDEA 9.0 EAP builds. Some might be due to my configuration,
but at least some of them seem to be problems with the plugin server and/or
support in general. Here's some of the more glaring problems I've been seeing:
1) No notifications when new plugin versions are available. Even if I have
v1.0 of plugin X installed and there is a v2.0 listed in the 'Available'
tab, the colour of the installed plugin doesn't change and the 'Update Plugin'
action is still disabled. To install I have to go to the plugin on the 'Available'
tab and choose 'Download and Install'.
2) Some plugins (eg JProfiler) have been marked as errors (they show up as
red). If I uninstall the plugin, after a reboot it disappears from the 'Available'
list and I can't get it back. I'm assuming this is due to the plugin not
supporting my IDEA version? An indication/explanation in the Plugin Manager
of what was really happening would be nice to say the least. Currently it's
very confusing behaviour and gives me that horrible "oh no what's gone wrong
with my config" feeling.
3) Lately when I've been trying to install new or update existing plugins,
I receive an error dialog contain something like the following: "Plugin BashSupport
was not installed: C:\Development\.IntelliJIdea90\system\plugins\pluginManager?action=download&id=BashSupport&build=IU-92.91
(The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect)". Once
this happens, the plugin gets disabled and I can't see it in either my installed
or available lists. I assume I need to edit some XML config files somewhere
(and possibly install the plugin manually?) to get them back?
I think there were a couple of other problems I have been seeing but I can't
recall them right now. The above are the most serious however, and I feel
it's pretty important to get them resolved before the 9.0 final release.