Android Question Archiver: Only the original thread that created a view hierarchy can touch its views.

Alessandra Pellegri

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I have some problem with Archiver library and I don't understand why.

Sub globals
   Private LblPercentuale As Label
end sub
sub mySubroutine
     Dim arc As Archiver
end Sub

Sub unzip_UnZipProgression(Count As Int, FileName As String)
End Sub

When generates the event unzip_UnZipProgression I have this error:
main_unzip_unzipprogression (java line: 4904)
android.view.ViewRootImpl$CalledFromWrongThreadException: Only the original thread that created a view hierarchy can touch its views.

If I uncomment Msgbox(Count,"") the error becomes :
main_unzip_unzipprogression (java line: 4904)
java.lang.RuntimeException: Can't create handler inside thread that has not called Looper.prepare()

Could you help me please ?
Thank you


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The reason this is happening is that arc.AsyncUnZip raises its events in a non-main thread. You can't access UI elements outside of a non-main thread (well, technically, the thread that created the UI elements). You have to use Thread.RunOnGuiThread() to run methods that access UI elements from a non-main thread.

It's not a great idea to unzip files synchronously as this will block the main thread. If you are unzipping large files, the UI will become unresponsive and you will get an ANR and the OS might kill your process. It's better to use the asynchronous version and then use Thread.RunOnGuiThread() to update the UI.
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