Android builds suddenly failing with "A problem occurred starting process 'command '/opt/android/android-ndk-r17b/toolchains/mips64el-linux-android-4.9/prebuilt/linux-x86_64/bin/mips64el-linux-android-strip'"

If your Android builds are suddenly failing with the error message "A problem occurred starting process 'command '/opt/android/android-ndk-r17b/toolchains/mips64el-linux-android-4.9/prebuilt/linux-x86_64/bin/mips64el-linux-android-strip'', when the transformNativeLibsWithStripDebugSymbolForRelease gradle task is run, and previously the task used to run successfully, the cause of the error may be an update to CircleCI's convenience Docker images for Android published around 31st July 2018 midnight GMT time.

If you are using any of the CircleCI convenience images from https://hub.docker.com/r/circleci/android/, please try specifying a specific sha256 digest for the image, in your CircleCI configuration file, that was previously working with your builds. For instance, using "circleci/android:api-27-alpha@sha256:83c8a732f88652e4c160c1481b7233a1968bc6d52a5917224c81b5f5268117db" instead of "circleci/android:api-27-alpha" may resolve the build error.

For related information on how to ensure your CircleCI convenience image-based builds do not break when incompatible changes are introduced to the images, please see this article.

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