getPicture crashes app, i want to call garbage collector manually

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  1. pistoleta
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    Posted 19 Feb 2014 Link to this post

    Hi, im comfronting a very common trouble in cordova.  
    The camera plugin makes some devices crash due to the amount of memory it uses processing the picture and i tried everything:
    -lowering picture quality
    -lowering picture resolution
    -using  FILE_URI, instead of Base64 
    - <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="7" />

    And still, SOMETIMES my app restarts after trying to save the picture, normally if the app restarts and i try to take the picture again then it works, so that makes me thing its the memory that got flushed by garbage collector and the second time has space.
    Also, im using devices with low ram memory, (128),  but i cant change that for the moment.

    I want to make a plugin i can use to call the native java method System.gc();   just before processing the picture, so that way probably the app wont crash.
    I also found this plugin:

    But this is supposed to work with cordova 2.4.0 and im on 3.0 and btw i dont know how to add that plugin to appBuilder...
    Can anyone tell me wich is the best sollution to solve this please? I dont want to go to phonegap cause i find appbuilder more efficient but i really dont know how to solve this. 
    THANKS in advance.

  2. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 19 Feb 2014 in reply to pistoleta Link to this post

    It could be that the plugin works with Phonegap 3.x? You could always set your project in AppBuilder to an older version in project properties.

    Else, start trying to make the plugin plugman compatible: After that you should be able to import the plugin:

    It seems that all the sources are available through the link in your post.

    It's a little work, but could be very helpfull.
  3. pistoleta
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    Posted 19 Feb 2014 in reply to Jan-Dirk Link to this post

    Hi, finnally i was able to do it,  i found this project:

    i just had to add it with the plugin manager and use the examples found in the test folder, very easy, i didnt use the plugman it wasnt needed for this plug-in.   May be another time but i find the plugman stuff really complicated and not well documented.

    Ah. in order to work you need to disable the native camera plugin otherwise wont use the new.

  4. Iva Koevska
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    Posted 24 Feb 2014 Link to this post


    Thanks for sharing this solution!

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  5. Jaya
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    Posted 24 Aug 2016 in reply to pistoleta Link to this post


    i have tried but always getting error,

    please explain how to implement foreground camera for ios step by step briefly.




  6. Preslav
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    Posted 29 Aug 2016 Link to this post

    Hi Jaya,

    Foreground camera plugin runs a custom activity which is supported only on Android, that is way it's not working on iOS. Additionally, it is a fork of the official Cordova Camera plugin, which is a Core plugin in AppBuilder. More information about core plugins is available in this section.

    I'd recommend using the Cordova Camera plugin. To get more familiar with it, check our sample app and plugins documentation.

    Further, if you are still getting errors I'll be happy to continue my investigation but for that purpose, I'll need a sample app that clearly reproduces the issue. I'd recommend that you open a support ticket, which is private and comes with a guaranteed response time, and share all the needed information there.

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