android – Proper way to close a USB accessory connection-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

What is the proper way to close a connection to a UsbAccessory in Android?
It seems the even in the stock Google example, if I connect and accessory, exit the app and then go back to it, the connection is not re-established.

Looking closely, it seems that after calling close() on the FileDescriptor, it won’t open again, and a “could not open /dev/usb_accessory” log is emitted.
NOT calling close() is a bad option, as a thread blocking on read() will not be released. Upon physical disconnection / reconnection of the device everything is OK.

It seems really surprising that the simple use-case of exiting the app and then opening it again does not work in the reference application and even more surprising if it is not feasible.

I’m using a Nexus S running stock Android 2.3.6.

How to solve:

The problem is that the reading thread never exits, thus the file descriptor stays open, and cannot be opened again when the app is resumed.

This has been confirmed to be a bug:

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try to reconnect twice
it seams that the first time that is unsuccess will close the connection and then try again to open it will work!
for me it worked!

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