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toolargetool

A tool for debugging TransactionTooLargeException on Android.

"Most underrated solution." - Kedar Paranjape, Jun 7 '18 at 14:26

Usage

  1. Include toolargetool as a dependency (you can remove it again once you've debugged your crash):

    • Add maven { url 'https://dl.bintray.com/guardian/android' } in your project's build.gradle:

      allprojects {
          repositories {
              jcenter()
              ...
              maven { url 'https://dl.bintray.com/guardian/android' }
          }
      }
      
    • Add implementation 'com.gu.android:toolargetool:[email protected]' in your module's build.gradle:

      dependencies {
          ...
          implementation 'com.gu.android:toolargetool:[email protected]'
          //implementation 'com.gu.android:toolargetool:[email protected]' // if you don't use AndroidX in your project
      }
      
  2. Import The package

    import com.gu.toolargetool.TooLargeTool;
    
  3. Add code to start logging during app start, for example in your Application.onCreate method:

    TooLargeTool.startLogging(this);
    
  4. Monitor logcat output to see which components are writing substantial data to the transaction buffer and when:

    $ adb logcat -s TooLargeTool
    

    Example logcat output (TODO: improve this example):

    D/TooLargeTool: MainActivity.onSaveInstanceState wrote: [email protected] contains 1 keys and measures 0.6 KB when serialized as a Parcel
                                                                            * android:viewHierarchyState = 0.6 KB
    

Release process

Note: these instructions will only work if you have the relevant Bintray credentials

  1. Open toolargetool/bintray.gradle.
  2. Increase all the version numbers.
  3. Make a commit and tag it with git tag -a v<version number> -m "<message>".
  4. Run ./gradlew clean install && ./gradlew bintrayUpload.

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