I'm mounting remote fs to local machine so project opened in AS is actually 
stored on a remote machine, then I run build step over ssh and at the end 
AS sees changes in project files and happily works with them (installs apk, 
runs tests, etc).

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12:54:37 PM UTC+3, Michal Bendowski wrote:
> So are you copying the entire project to a remote machine or just 
> substituting certain tasks to run there? If the former, you should skip 
> local.properties when copying. If the latter, than it seems you have 
> control over the task, so you can change the compile classpath? 
> Michal
> On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 10:39:13 AM UTC, Artem Zinnatullin 
> wrote:
>> Sure, we don't commit `local.properties` to VCS. But we do need to run 
>> few scripts locally with ability to ignore `local.properties`.
>> If you curious in what I'm talking about in details: I'm setting up 
>> remote build when you as a developer work on project in AS on your local 
>> machine, but build it on a remote machine (with much better hardware) and 
>> results are transparently available on your local AS, it works, but we have 
>> to ignore `local.properties` from "local" machine during the build on 
>> "remote" machine which is currently only possible via renaming 
>> `local.properties`.
>> On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 1:18:00 PM UTC+3, Michal Bendowski 
>> wrote:
>>> What scripts are you talking about? local.properties are not meant to be 
>>> checked-in to your VCS, hence we don't expect them to exist in a CI 
>>> environment for instance.
>>> Michal
>>> On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:45:57 PM UTC, Artem Zinnatullin 
>>> wrote:
>>>> At the moment Android Gradle Plugin looks for `local.properties` 
>>>> <https://android.googlesource.com/platform/tools/build/+/69c4b95102b4b9862bfba68b3eaf5b7537a705ee/gradle/src/main/groovy/com/android/build/gradle/internal/Sdk.groovy#169>
>>>> and if it finds one, it grabs things like path to Android SDK from it. 
>>>> Even 
>>>> though required environment variables may be present. 
>>>> AS kinda forces you to create `local.properties` (or it autocreates 
>>>> it), but we need to ignore them to run some scripts. 
>>>> Would be very helpful if there would be an option that we could pass 
>>>> via Gradle paramets to disable `local.properties` lookup because currently 
>>>> we have to rename this file before running our scripts and then restore it 
>>>> back after which looks very awful from many points.
>>>> Thanks!

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