[Android-tools-devel] New Android SDK/NDK Rebuilds

殷啟聰 | Kai-Chung Yan seamlikok at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 13:11:46 GMT 2018

> Targetting only the latest SDK platform sounds like a good compromise. Do you plan to do it for 8.1/API27 or is there not enough manpower atm?

The team here at Debian was considering an approach to build the latest SDK Platform (particularly `android.jar`) using the upstream build system instead handcrafted build scripts. Basically to aggregate every AOSP repository that is necessary into one big package and build `android.jar` by just invoking `make XXX` and let Ninja and Soong and friends do the rest. As the build process is quite complicated, handcrafted scripts are too error-prone and hard to write. We never provided a newer SDK Platform only because our existing approach no longer worked.

But this is still a proposal in mind and we haven't started experimenting on it. In fact most of the devs here are now busy on other projects, and I am shifting focus as well...

But indeed the lack of the latest SDK Platform is the most fatal drawback of our project at the moment, not to mention various Gradle plugins that now require Kotlin.

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