Before Meteor 1.3, when you modified /.meteor/packages, meteor would automatically download the required packages, recompile and reload. The only thing that needed to be done manually was
meteor update whenever a new version of Meteor was out which is reasonable - there can be breaking changes in the update.
With Meteor 1.3, meteor knows what packages are required and even gives you suggestions
Unable to resolve some modules: "xlsjs" in /Users/Shared/Code/XXX/server/main.js (os.osx.x86_64) If you notice problems related to these missing modules, consider running: meteor npm install --save xlsjs
But doesn’t download them automatically when there is a change in the code. Instead it keeps looping with that error message. You have to Control-C the application, run
meteor npm install and then again
I liked the old style auto-updates. Is there any way (workaround) to get back to the old behavior which was “I change my code and Meteor does everything else for me” ?