Partly missing deobfuscation for Android crash logs (Exception message)

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Sarah Will

21 Apr, 2017 10:16 AM


We currently have a problem with one of our projects regarding the complete deobfuscation of crash logs in Hockey for an Android app.

Background: The release version of the app is obfuscated via Proguard, and the correct mapping.txt File has been uploaded to the respective version page in Hockey. It is complete and also contains the mappings that are not correctly deobfuscated.

More precisely: Most of the crash logs are correctly deobfuscated, but there are some that display method names in their obfuscated form. A simple example of such a crash log (real packages/method names changed):

java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke virtual method 'java.lang.Double' on a null object reference
    at android.view.View.performClick(
    at android.view.View$
    at android.os.Handler.handleCallback(
    at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(
    at android.os.Looper.loop(
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(

All the other methods, like "updateItemInfo" and "initViews" are correctly deobfuscated, except for the method "Data.getData()", which
is still displayed in obfuscated form as "g()". It is, however, correctly contained in the mapping.txt File: ->
    java.lang.Double getData() -> g

Any idea as to why this is happening? As the method name is part of the exception message, are those simply not checked for obfuscated code parts and contained in the stack trace "as is"?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Thomas Dohmke on 21 Apr, 2017 02:54 PM

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    Hi Sarah,

    HockeyApp currently does not support the de-obfuscation of the exception message.



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