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Android Deps Repository Generator

Tool to generate a gradle-specified repository for Android and Java dependencies.

Usage [--help]

This script creates a temporary build directory, where it will, for each of the dependencies specified in build.gradle, take care of the following:

  • Download the library
  • Generate a README.chromium file
  • Download the LICENSE
  • Generate a GN target in
  • Generate .info files for AAR libraries
  • Generate 3pp subdirectories describing the CIPD packages
  • Generate a deps entry in DEPS.

It will then compare the build directory with your current workspace, and print the differences (i.e. new/updated/deleted packages names).

Adding a new library or updating existing libraries.

Full steps to add a new third party library or update existing libraries:

  1. Update build.gradle with the new dependency or the new versions.

  2. Run to update your current workspace with the changes. This will update, among other things, your top-level DEPS file. If this is a new library, you can skip directly to step 5 since the next step is not going to work for you.

  3. Run gclient sync to make sure that cipd has access to the versions you are trying to roll. This might fail with a cipd error failing to resolve a tag.

  4. If the previous step works, upload your cl and you are done, if not continue with the steps.

  5. Add a overrideLatest property override to your package in ChromiumDepGraph.groovy in the PROPERTY_OVERRIDES map, set it to true.

  6. Run again.

  7. git add all the 3pp related changes and create a CL for review. Keep the 3pp/, .gradle, OWNERS, .groovy changes in the CL and revert the other files. The other files should be committed in a follow up CL. Example git commands:

    • git add third_party/android_deps{*.gradle,*.groovy,*3pp*,*OWNERS,*}
    • git commit -m commit_message
    • git restore third_party/android_deps DEPS
    • git clean -id
  8. Land the first CL in the previous step and wait for the corresponding 3pp packager to create the new CIPD packages. The 3pp packager runs every 6 hours. You can see the latest runs here. See //docs/ for how it works. Anyone on the Clank build core team and any trooper can trigger the bot on demand for you.

  9. If your follow up CL takes more than a day please revert the original CL. Once the bot uploads to cipd there is no need to keep the modified 3pp files. The bot runs 4 times a day. When you are ready to land the follow up CL, you can land everything together since the cipd packages have already been uploaded.

  10. Remove your overrideLatest property override entry in ChromiumDepGraph.groovy so that the 3pp bot goes back to downloading and storing the latest versions of your package so that it is available when you next try to roll.

  11. Run again. Create a CL with the changes and land it.

If the CL is doing more than upgrading existing packages or adding packages from the same source and license (e.g. gms) follow //docs/ for the review.

If you are updating any of the gms dependencies, please ensure that the license file that they use, explained in the README.chromium is up-to-date with the one on android's website, last updated date is at the bottom.

Implementation notes:

The script invokes a Gradle plugin to leverage its dependency resolution features. An alternative way to implement it is to mix gradle to purely fetch dependencies and their pom.xml files, and use Python to process and generate the files. This approach was not as successful, as some information about the dependencies does not seem to be available purely from the POM file, which resulted in expecting dependencies that gradle considered unnecessary. This is especially true nowadays that pom.xml files for many dependencies are no longer maintained by the package authors.

Groovy Style Guide

The groovy code in //third_party/android_deps/buildSrc/src/main/groovy loosely follows the Groovy Style Guide, and can be linted by each dev with npm-groovy-lint via either:

  • Command Line npm-groovy-lint -p third_party/android_deps/buildSrc/src/main/groovy/ --config ~/.groovylintrc.json npm-groovy-lint can be installed via npm install -g npm-groovy-lint.
  • VS Code extension.

The line length limit for groovy is 120 characters.

Here is a sample .groovylintrc.json file:

    "extends": "recommended",
    "rules": {
        "CatchException": "off",
        "ClassSize": {
            "enabled": false
        "CompileStatic": "off",
        "DuplicateMapLiteral": "off",
        "DuplicateNumberLiteral": "off",
        "DuplicateStringLiteral": "off",
        "FactoryMethodName": "off",
        "JUnitPublicProperty": "off",
        "JavaIoPackageAccess": "off",
        "MethodCount": "off",
        "NestedForLoop": "off",
        "SpaceBeforeClosingBrace": "off",
        "ThrowRuntimeException": "off"

This is a list of rule names: Groovy Rule Index by Name.