I have just enrolled in a MOOC to learn about programming with Android. There are many tutorials and reports of people using Linux for the development of the apps out there, but, unfortunately, many of them are outdated or contain misleading information.

You will find bazillion instructions out there telling you to install JDK6. (Even the instructions in the MOOCs say so, and Google says that it is the only supported version of Java). Even more than that, some of them will tell you that you should not use OpenJDK, but use Oracle's JDK instead.

So, if you have a pure amd64 system and you try to install the x86-64 version of Google's Android Developer Tools (ADT), you are going to have a surprise: you will have all sorts of programs telling you that you have file not found, even though the required binaries are there.

(This is, of course, besides install openjdk-7-jdk, if you wish to use the integrated Eclipse environment).

Turns out that the so-called 64-bit ADT/SDK actually has many 32-bit executables(!) and they aren't statically linked. Inspecting them, I needed the following packages:

    gcc-4.8-base:i386
    libc6-i686:i386
    libc6:i386
    libgcc1:i386
    libstdc++6:i386
    zlib1g:i386

It is worth observing that:

  • libstdc++6:i386 depends (transitively) on libc6:i386, libgcc1:i386, and gcc-4.8-base:i386.
  • zlib1g:i386 depends (transitively) on libc6:i386, libgcc1:i386, and gcc-4.8-base:i386.

Given the above, and given that the version of the GCC libraries can vary a lot, it is perhaps better to simply do something like:

apt-get install libstdc++6:i386 zlib1g:i386

Although not necessary, since you are using an amd64 machine, your computer already supports many more recent instructions that will be used if you install the package libc6-i686:i386.

To avoid the emulator from spitting out error messages related to libGL.so, install libgl1-mesa-dev (note: not i386 here).

This way, you will be able to run the embedded QEMU with full KVM acceleration if you pass the options -qemu -m 1024 -enable-kvm on Eclipse's "Run > Run Configurations... > Target > Additional Emulator Command Line Options".

After that, you are probably good to go.

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