database error when widget updates

I have a DB in my app which normally works perfectly. Now, I have added a widget with an update function which also accesses the DB. Once in a while, I get this error but only from within the widget update method.

Caused by:java.lang.NullPointerException
at android.database.sqlite.SQLiteOpenHelper.getWritableDatabase(

Is there some kind of restriction on accessing a DB from within widget update method?


You shouldn't do any disk IO from the widget's BroadCast receiver (onUpdate()). Start a service that fetches the data and does the actual update. You might want to use an IntentServcie since it starts a worker thread by default.

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