SpaceDog SpaceDog - 6 months ago 127
iOS Question

How to solve this CollectionView crash?

My app has two

CollectionViewController
s. Only one is visible at a given time.

I have created the following structure on storyboard: two container views on top of each other. Every container view has a
CollectionViewController
embedded. The visibility of a particular container view determines which collectionViewController is visible.

This is the problem. Both
CollectionViewController
s are receiving data in parallel but iOS has a bug that will make the app crash if one CollectionViewController tries to execute an insert using
performBatchUpdates
while it is invisible.

Trying to prevent that, I have created a BOOL flag on both
CollectionViewController
s so they can know if they are visible and execute or not the
performBatchUpdates
. Something like:

if (self.isThisCollectionViewVisible == NO) return;

[self.collectionView performBatchUpdates:^{
// bla bla... perform insert,m remove...


This solves part of the problem. But the app continues to crash on the following condition: if I tap the button to switch to the invisible
CollectionViewController
making it visible while it is receiving updates.

I mean this: lets call
A
the first
CollectionViewController
and
B
the second one.
A
is visible and
B
is invisible at this point.
B
starts receiving data and is trying to do a
performBatchUpdates
but as it is invisible, the
if (self.isThisCollectionViewVisible == NO) return;
is preventing
performBatchUpdates
to run, what is fine. Now I make
A
invisible and
B
visible. At this point the flag
self.isThisCollectionViewVisible
is set to
YES
and
performBatchUpdates
makes the app crash with this error:


* Assertion failure in -[CollectionView _endItemAnimationsWithInvalidationContext:tentativelyForReordering:], /BuildRoot/Library/Caches/com.apple.xbs/Sources/UIKit/UIKit-3512.60.7/UICollectionView.m:4625
*
Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInternalInconsistencyException', reason: 'Invalid update: invalid
number of items in section 0. The number of items contained in an
existing section after the update (76) must be equal to the number of
items contained in that section before the update (70), plus or minus
the number of items inserted or deleted from that section (5 inserted,
2 deleted) and plus or minus the number of items moved into or out of
that section (0 moved in, 0 moved out).'


I think the
CollectionViewController
is really not yet ready and updated to be able to do a
performBatchUpdates
... and this is not a matter of not updating the data source previously because it is being updated.

What checks can I do to prevent that from happening?

NOTE: I noticed something strange about this crash in particular. It says that 5 elements are being inserted and 2 deleted but in fact 3 elements are being inserted, 0 deleted and 2 changed when the crashes happen.

Answer

This crash told you that you didn't updated your datasource for collection. You need to update your dataSource (array or dictionary) and reload collection view data after you perform performBatchUpdates.

Invalid update: invalid number of items in section 0. The number of items contained in an existing section after the update (76) must be equal to the number of items contained in that section before the update (70), plus or minus the number of items inserted or deleted from that section (5 inserted, 2 deleted) and plus or minus the number of items moved into or out of that section (0 moved in, 0 moved out).'

As written in apple docs

Deletes are processed before inserts in batch operations. This means the indexes for the deletions are processed relative to the indexes of the collection view’s state before the batch operation, and the indexes for the insertions are processed relative to the indexes of the state after all the deletions in the batch operation.

So, move the changes before the inserts and it will the trick!

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