7. September 2017

Gradle Experimental Plugin Android error: Cannot invoke method dependencies()

Update: Engineers at Google fixed the issue. Thank you.

After initial setup of SDL2 application for Android, I decided to add one activity before launching SDL. So I created the new MainActivity which should launch SDLActivity after a tap on the button.

This time Gradle Experimental Plugin gave me a very fancy error: Cannot invoke method dependencies() on null object.

As always the error message does not provide too many hints how to solve the issue.

Android Studio automatically just appended a dependency into the Gradle file during creation of new MainActivity. So the code in build.gradle looked like this:

tasks.whenTaskAdded { task ->
    if (task.name.contains('compile')) {
        task.dependsOn ':main:distributeLib'
    }
}dependencies {
    compile 'com.android.support.constraint:constraint-layout:+'
}

Little bit weird code for dependencies. The solution was just to add a new line.

tasks.whenTaskAdded { task ->
    if (task.name.contains('compile')) {
        task.dependsOn ':main:distributeLib'
    }
}

dependencies {
    compile 'com.android.support.constraint:constraint-layout:+'
}

The whole project is available at github.com/georgik/sdl2-android-example project.

More articles about SDL2 for Android are available under tag sdl2.

16. July 2017

Android Studio: Failure INSTALL_FAILED_TEST_ONLY

Starting application from Android Studio may fail with the mysterious message: Installation failed with message INSTALL_FAILED_TEST_ONLY.

The IDE will prompt you whether you want to uninstall the existing application.

Even this uninstallation may fail. When you open Run console, you can see something like this:

$ adb shell pm uninstall rocks.georgik.sdlapp
$ adb shell pm install -r "/data/local/tmp/rocks.georgik.sdlapp"
	pkg: /data/local/tmp/rocks.georgik.sdlapp
Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_TEST_ONLY]

$ adb shell pm uninstall rocks.georgik.sdlapp
DELETE_FAILED_INTERNAL_ERROR
Error while Installing APK

Potential Fix #1

There is a relatively simple fix to this issue. Click drop-down menu with your configuration and choose Edit Configurations…

Select tab General and add -t to Install Flags field. Click Ok.

Now start the application again and it should work.

Potential fix #2

This error migh occur if you moved the project from other computer where it was stored in different directory. To resolve the problem: Clean the project and build it again.

If this article didn’t help you to resolve your issue with Android Studio please let me know in comments below. There might be also other reasons for the error and we can discuss them.

9. December 2015

Thunderbird and Outlook solution of problem with Courier IMAP sslv3 alert illegal parameter

E-mail clients like Thunderbird or Outlook stopped to communicate with Courier IMAP/SMTP/POP TLS after some upgrade.

The only clue in log file was this error message:

courier couriertls: accept: error:14094417:SSL routines:ssl3_read_bytes:sslv3 alert illegal parameter

The problem was that certificate for IMAP (/etc/courier/imapd.pem) and /etc/courier/dhparam.pem were containing too short key. The short key was sufficient in past for encrypted communication. Unfortunately maintainers of Debian package forgot to add fix for upgrade.

It is very simple to fix the issue. Just generate DH with sufficient length.

DH_BITS=2048 mkdhparams

This command will update /etc/courier/dhparm.pem.

Make sure to update all pem files in case that they contain DH record.

Restart services and clients should be able to reconnect without problem.

If you still experience some issues with PEM files check out article PEM routines:PEM_read_bio:no start line.

1. December 2012

Common mistake when creating new git repo. Error: src refspec master does not match any.

Creating new git repo and pushing it to remote server is fairly easy.

mkdir my-project
cd my-project
git init

You can work with project localy. When you want to push it to remote server, then it is necessary to add remote repo url.

git remote add origin <MY-URL>

Now you can push it:

git push -u origin master

When it works. Hooray. Sometimes you may find following error:

error: src refspec master does not match any.
error: failed to push some refs to '<MY-URL>'

The reason why this happens is not that obvious. :-)

Git creates master branch only after commit to your local repo. If you just initialize repo then there is no master. How to fix it?

Just add and commit at least one change to your repo and re-run push command. You can add e.g. .gitignore.

You can find more info at StackOverflow.

22. December 2011

How to disable stealing of focus by Console in Eclipse

There is one very annoying issue in Eclipse: stealing of focus by Console window.

Console window is displayed when you run application.

When you set focus to some other window like Search results and application prints something on output then Eclipse will automatically switch to Console window. Your search results are gone.

There is simple way how to get rid of such a behavior.

Go to Window -> Preferences -> Run/Debug -> Console. Uncheck options:

  • Show when program writes to standard out
  • Show when program writes to standard error