Ixx Ixx - 29 days ago 15
Android Question

What to do on TransactionTooLargeException

I got in error track of an app TransactionTooLargeException. Not reproducible and never had it before. In the docs it says


The Binder transaction failed because it was too large.

During a remote procedure call, the arguments and the return value of the call are transferred as Parcel objects stored in the Binder transaction buffer. If the arguments or the return value are too large to fit in the transaction buffer, then the call will fail and TransactionTooLargeException will be thrown.

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There are two possible outcomes when a remote procedure call throws TransactionTooLargeException. Either the client was unable to send its request to the service (most likely if the arguments were too large to fit in the transaction buffer), or the service was unable to send its response back to the client (most likely if the return value was too large to fit in the transaction buffer).

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So, ok, somewhere I'm passing or receiving arguments which exceed some unknown limit. But where?

The stacktrace doesn't show anything from my files:

java.lang.RuntimeException: Adding window failed
at android.view.ViewRootImpl.setView(ViewRootImpl.java:548)
at android.view.WindowManagerImpl.addView(WindowManagerImpl.java:406)
at android.view.WindowManagerImpl.addView(WindowManagerImpl.java:320)
at android.view.WindowManagerImpl$CompatModeWrapper.addView(WindowManagerImpl.java:152)
at android.view.Window$LocalWindowManager.addView(Window.java:557)
at android.app.ActivityThread.handleResumeActivity(ActivityThread.java:2897)
at android.app.ActivityThread.handleLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2245)
at android.app.ActivityThread.access$600(ActivityThread.java:139)
at android.app.ActivityThread$H.handleMessage(ActivityThread.java:1262)
at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:99)
at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:154)
at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:4977)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:511)
at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:784)
at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:551)
at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)
Caused by: android.os.TransactionTooLargeException
at android.os.BinderProxy.transact(Native Method)
at android.view.IWindowSession$Stub$Proxy.add(IWindowSession.java:569)
at android.view.ViewRootImpl.setView(ViewRootImpl.java:538)
... 16 more
android.os.TransactionTooLargeException
at android.os.BinderProxy.transact(Native Method)
at android.view.IWindowSession$Stub$Proxy.add(IWindowSession.java:569)
at android.view.ViewRootImpl.setView(ViewRootImpl.java:538)
at android.view.WindowManagerImpl.addView(WindowManagerImpl.java:406)
at android.view.WindowManagerImpl.addView(WindowManagerImpl.java:320)
at android.view.WindowManagerImpl$CompatModeWrapper.addView(WindowManagerImpl.java:152)
at android.view.Window$LocalWindowManager.addView(Window.java:557)
at android.app.ActivityThread.handleResumeActivity(ActivityThread.java:2897)
at android.app.ActivityThread.handleLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2245)
at android.app.ActivityThread.access$600(ActivityThread.java:139)
at android.app.ActivityThread$H.handleMessage(ActivityThread.java:1262)
at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:99)
at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:154)
at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:4977)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:511)
at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:784)
at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:551)
at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)


It seems to be related with views, because all the Window / View lines? How is this related to remote procedure call? How can I look for the reason of this error?

In the app I'm using only Webservices, I'm not using Service class, are the Webservices the "remote procedure calls" or what else could be...?

Thanks in advance...

P.S. Maybe it's important: Android version: 4.0.3, Device: HTC One X

Answer

I encountered this issue, and I found that when there huge amount of data getting exchanged between a service and an application,(This involves transferring lots of thumbnails). Actually data size was around 500kb, and the IPC transaction buffer size is set to 1024KB. I am not sure why it exceeded the transaction buffer.

This also can occur, when you pass lot of data through intent extras

When you get this exception in your application, please analyze your code.

  1. Are you exchanging lot of data between your services and application?
  2. Using intents to share huge data, (for example, the user selects huge number of files from gallery share press share, the URIs of the selected files will be transferred using intents)
  3. receiving bitmap files from service
  4. waiting for android to respond back with huge data (for example, getInstalledApplications() when the user installed lot of applications)
  5. using applyBatch() with lot of operations pending

How to handle when you get this exception

If possible, split the big operation in to small chunks, for example, instead of calling applyBatch() with 1000 operations, call it with 100 each.

Do not exchange huge data (>1MB) between services and application

I dont know how to do this, but, Do not query android, which can return huge data :-)

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