Thursday, 11 October 2012

Warning for Android Developers - Do Not Uninstall the Android SDK

When you install the Android SDK, it creates an android-sdk folder, in the folder you choose to install it in. The android-sdk folder contains an uninstall.exe file.

If you run this file, as well as deleting the android-sdk folder, it deletes the parent folder and all other sub-folders in the parent! I lost my entire development folder, which as the name suggests, contained a lot of development projects I was working on.

Losing my development folder is incredibly annoying, but it could have been worse. Imagine if I had installed it directly in the root? I would have lost my entire hard drive!

I can't believe a company as big and trusted as Google released such a devastating program. I'm not the only one that had this problem. It was first reported in June, but they did nothing. See the link below.

Issue 32686 - android - Windows Android SDK uninstall removes the whole install folder - Android - An Open Handset Alliance Project - Google Project Hosting


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  2. Well Android seem to be ignoring everyone who's complained, so there isn't much info available. Was there something particular that you wanted to know?