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[Q] Can we dummy external resources?

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By Kdio, Senior Member on 28th April 2014, 03:54 PM
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Hy All

Objective: compile modded XMLs only without any other files.

At the moment, AFAIK (which is nothing), we are incapable to compile xml's without providing all the resources addressed by them.

As we know, resources are addressed like:
    <include android:id="@id/header_admin" 
        android:layout_marginLeft= @dimen/membermgmt_header_marginleft"
        layout= @ANDROID:layout/preference_category" />
We have here local resources like:
- @id/header_admin
- @dimen/membermgmt_header_marginleft

And there is too an external one:
- @ANDROID:layout/preference_category

While trying to accomplish this task, I've got to the following Python script that will generate all the /res/values/*.xml's that addresses local resources.

import os
import shutil

input_folder = '/home/Kdio/apk/Phone'

output_folder = os.path.join(os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__)), "out")
if not os.path.isdir(output_folder):

tokens = {}
xmlExist = {}

for root, dirs, files in os.walk(input_folder):
    for f in files:
        inputFile = os.path.join(root, f)
        filename, ext = os.path.splitext(inputFile)
        if (ext != '.xml'):
        xmlExist[os.path.basename(inputFile)] = 1
        with open(inputFile, 'r') as f:
            for line in f:
                token = ''
                read_token = False
                for c in line:
                    if (c == '@'):
                        read_token = True
                    if (read_token is True):
                        if (c == '"'):
                            read_token = False
                            tokens[token] = 1
                            token = ''
                            token += c

xmls = {}
for token in sorted(tokens):
    if (token == 'null'):
    if (':' in token):
    #token = token.split(':')[-1]
    head, tail = token.split('/')
    if (head == 'anim'):

    if ((tail + '.xml') in xmlExist.keys()):

    if (not head in xmls.keys()):
        xmls[head] = {}
    xmls[head][tail] = 1

#for xml in xmls:
#    for res in xmls[xml]:
#        print(xml + ' -> ' + res)

for xml in xmls:

    xmlText = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>\n<resources>\n'

    for res in xmls[xml]:
        if (xml == 'bool'):
            xmlText += '    <bool name="' + res + '">false</bool>\n'

        if ((xml == 'id') or (xml == 'drawable') or (xml == 'style') or (xml == 'layout')):
            xmlText += '    <item type="' + xml + '" name="' + res + '">false</item>\n'

        if (xml == 'array'):
            xmlText += '    <string-array name="' + res + '">\n        <item>array-dummy</item>\n    </string-array>\n'

        if (xml == 'attr'):
            xmlText += '    <attr name="' + res + '" format="string" />\n'

        if (xml == 'color'):
            xmlText += '    <color name="'+ res + '">#00000000</color>\n'

        if (xml == 'dimen'):
            xmlText += '    <dimen name="' + res + '">1.0dip</dimen>\n'

        if (xml == 'integer'):
            xmlText += '    <integer name="' + res + '">1</integer>\n'

        if (xml == 'plural'):
            xmlText += '    <plurals name="' + res + '">\n        <item quantity="other">a</item>\n        <item quantity="one">b</item>\n    </plurals>\n'

        if (xml == 'string'):
            xmlText += '    <string name="' + res + '">a</string>\n'

        if (xml == 'fraction'):
            xmlText += '    <fraction name="' + res + '">1%</fraction>\n'

    xmlText += '</resources>\n'

    f = open(os.path.join(output_folder, xml + 's.xml'), 'w')

Please edit 'input_folder' accordingly.

Then, issuing the below command:

aapt p -f -M onlyXMLs/AndroidManifest.xml -F -S onlyXMLs/res -I android.jar
What I get from it now are errors regarding external resources references not being found only, as expected.

This is exactly the point where my shallow knowledge ends ...

Could someone, someway, point me the light (if there is any) how could we 'dummy' external resources as done with local ones?

Thank you all.

Nice regards.

28th April 2014, 04:25 PM |#2  
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If there is a solution, it will be placed here.
28th April 2014, 04:35 PM |#3  
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