Android on Ubuntu: IOException on aapt

As I told in a previous post, I’m setting up a new Ubuntu installation and I want to compile something for Android on it.

After installing Android SDK I got this error on my first iteration of “ant debug”

/home/max/AndroidSDK/android-sdk-linux/tools/ant/build.xml:621: The following error occurred while executing this line:
/home/max/AndroidSDK/android-sdk-linux/tools/ant/build.xml:657: Execute failed: Cannot run program "/home/max/AndroidSDK/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/aapt": error=2, No such file or directory

The error is in some way misleading because the binary is there, but the problem is that it’s a 32-bit executable

max@praxi:~$ ls -l /home/max/AndroidSDK/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/aapt
-rwxr-xr-x 1 max max 929400 Jul 27 14:33 /home/max/AndroidSDK/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/aapt

max@praxi:~$ file /home/max/AndroidSDK/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/aapt
/home/max/AndroidSDK/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/aapt: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.8, stripped

The solution is near: we need 32-bit libraries

root@praxi:~# aptitude install ia32-libs

As always it’s a good idea to RTFM: