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proguard – Note: android.support.v4.text.ICUCompatIcs: can't find dynamically referenced class libcore.icu.ICU

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I started getting the message with the latest Android Build Tools (ABT) v19.0.3 today. At first glance, I thought this might be an issue with ABT. However, a closer investigation reveals that this message:

android.support.v4.text.ICUCompatIcs: can't find dynamically referenced class libcore.icu.ICU

is only shown when Proguard is used. Answers on the net has yeilded no solution for me. Perhaps, this is only an issue with Proguard (the version I’m using is bundled with Android SDK v22.3).

I have added the following directives to proguard-project.txt file, but it makes no difference:

-keep interface android.support.v4.** { *; }
-keep class android.support.v4.** { *; }

Does anyone else come across this message and has a possible solution? Maybe Eric from Proguard might be able to shed some light into this issue. Maybe a code cleanup is required with Proguard? I’m interested to know the solution.

How to&Answers:

The note says that a support class is using reflection to access a runtime class that isn’t present in the target runtime. In general, it could be a sign of compatibility problems. In this case, it’s harmless; the developers of the support library are precisely using reflection to avoid any linking problems with different runtime environments. You can suppress the note with:

-dontnote android.support.**