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24 August 2011

IntelliJ IDEA and the Android Source tree

It can be quite annoying to develop in the Android source tree if you don't have your IDE properly configured.  I thought I'd share a few notes from my testing IDEA with the repo sync'd tree...

  • When initially making your project, make sure it is a fresh checkout or do a 'make clean'.  Otherwise, all the *_intermediates turn into separate modules.

  • When it auto-detects the Android Facets, uncheck them all. If the Android Facet is setup, you will resolve classes to android-x.jar instead of your module source.
    • It can also auto-generate gen/ directories which cause duplicate clases during builds if the Android Facet is chosen.

  • Since we are not using the Android Facets, the files become a problem.  To correct this, create a new module (and make it a dependency of any module needing the resolution):
Content Root: out/target/common/R
Module File Location: anywhere BUT out/*
  • You probably are not going to be working on every single module unless you work with Cyanogen.  Right click on a module and add it to your favorites.  In the top of the dock, click the pull down and choose to view your favorites.

  • Build from the command line.  You might be able to do it from within the IDE, but I haven't tried that.

Thank you to the JetBrains support team; and a special thanks to Serge Baranov who put up with me long enough to get some of these issues resolved.