A "command line" is a text interface to enter commands interactively. In our context, it usually means a "Unix Shell" in a terminal app, or the ADB shell on a computer to interact with an Android device.

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How can I install wpa_cli on my rooted device?

I rooted my device, then I go to adb shell and type su to enter wpa_cli. I was surprised that wpa_cli: not found appeared, although I get information when I type wpa_supplicant. I know that wpa_cli ...
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How to list all major partitions with their labels?

I want to figure out all partitions on my device together with their resp. mount points or labels (i.e. to know which partition is holding system, recovery, boot, etc.). This needs to be device ...
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Why can't I get root access from shell?

> adb shell sh-4.1$ su Permission denied I have rooted my phone successfully. I know this because I'm able to install apps on SD card and I have a program called SD Maid that is able to operate ...
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How do I create an archive for easy extraction to /data/local/tmp/ in “adb shell”?

Usual shar archives fail to extact in adb shell due to problems with lock directory and temporary files for HERE documents. Zip archives are also not an option. How do I make an archive that can be ...
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command on adb waits forever

I can successfully execute ADB commands, but if the command has no output the command line just waits there and does not let me enter a new command until I press ctrl-c, the commands do work however. ...
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What's the best way to restart Android via command line (remotely)?

I'm looking for the best / friendliest way to reboot my rooted android 4.1.1 device. I found these solutions so far: su -c "reboot" - Causes problems with wifi after restart on my device... I read ...
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Android Read recent SMS messages from command line

I have recently broken my Android's screen. (Again) Its a T-Mobile G2 Trying to keep up with my busy technology related life is hard enough without losing my link with everyone. I have rooted the ...
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Can I change some Android settings from the command line?

I would like to activate "USB tethering" from within a bash script, so is there any possibility to run a command line with adb shell to change some Android settings ? Edit1: The following command ...
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Is there a way to switch Android users from the command line?

Using the following command, I managed to enable multi-user mode in an Android device that doesn't officicially support it: adb shell setprop fw.max_users 4. For good measure I also added the ...
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How do I get list of all application packages together with their activity label from adb shell?

Sometimes I have a trouble matching application's package name in /data/data/ or /data/app/*.apk with the user-friendly activity label I see in GUI. How do I list application packages together with ...
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How do I display message from from `adb shell` (or a shell script)?

I expect it to be something like adb shell am start SomethingArcane ... "Hello, world" and the message box pops up on screen, saying "Hello, world".
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Why does Terminal Emulator for Android has completely different commands comparing to GNU/Linux?

I installed Terminal Emulator for Android hoping I could easily get root access,install apps via terminal etc.So,thinking Android is a Linux distribution,I felt that it must have a terminal emulator ...
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Update Android SDK Platform Tools via Command line

I want to write a script to update the Android SDK platform tools and I need the command if available to run in order to achieve this. What I have found is that I can use the Android command under the ...
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HTC Desire - phone's dead

I was trying my application on HTC Desire when I realized there was a problem with the app so I force stop it. Next thing is the screen freezed - HTC white welcome screen. I tried rebooting several ...
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How do I get the common name of an app having the package name (like com.android.blabla)? (command line or included app)

I’m interested in a way to go from the package name (e.g. com.android.providers.telephony) to it’s common name (Phone/Messaging Storage). The answer should only assume shell access (adb) on the phone ...
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How can I change preferred network type through a script (or terminal command)

I'm currently attempting to create a workaround for a problem that is plaguing a ROM that I'm using. While my phone and ROM are capable of using LTE, and use it perfectly fine, the "preferred network ...
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Tar.gz not working (Segmentation fault) on ext4 partition

I have a strange problem with tar gz compression. I used to have SD card mounted as a fat32 partition. However, now I changed it so that external sdcard is being mounted under /data/media/0 and is ...
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Toggling USB mass storage on (or off) via adb commands

Background: I have a USB stick Android device (e.g. RikoMagic) which I mostly run in "headless" mode. Among other things, I've already figured out how to shut it down via a combination of adb and the ...
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Need one-line adb shell su push & pull to access /data from Windows batch file

I've been struggling for two days. Hope for help here. I wrote a Windows batch file that replaces Amazon lockscreen ads with user images on rooted kindle fire hd 7", 2013 (kfsowi). Just learned I ...
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Why Does Not My File Explorer See A Mounted Folder?

Why can't i see a mounted folder into my file explorer, but i can see it from a terminal? I'm mounting a folder (/mnt/sdcard/Source) into other folder (/mnt/sdcard/Destination) with the next command ...
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What are the command line options of Genymotion's player

Can someone give me a list of the cli options of Genymotion's player command. I see that I can get a list of the devices via VituralBox's command: $ VBoxManage list vms Then I can start the ...
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Are there any command line SSH clients available for rooted Android phones?

I of course have ConnectBot, but I'm looking for something I can script. Edit: To clarify here, I'm not interested in running scripts from a terminal. What I want to do is run an SSH command in an ...
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Command line entry to check apk compatibility

I am using android via an emulator integrated with eclipse ide. I usually download app from my windows 7 ultimate / from my ubuntu 14.04. Then, I will copy the apk to \android-sdk\platform-tools. ...
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Turn phone on with ADB or Fastboot?

My power button seems to have busted, is there a way I can boot my phone using ADB or Fastboot or some other command line interface?
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Allow “unknown sources” from Terminal without going to Settings App?

I have a corrupted Settings app in CyanogenMod and have a possible idea to restore a backup of it (App and Data) in Titanium Backup. But it's currently set to not allow "unknown sources" so Titanium ...
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How do you capture video from the command-line on an Android device?

How do you capture video from the camera on command-line of a rooted Android mobile device?
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'android' and 'emulator' commands not found

I have installed android-sdk-linux on my ubuntu 12.04 netbook and I see that the commands android (which opens the AVD Manager) and emulator (to which on appending the name of a specific AVD, the AVD ...
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Is this command safe to run from / as root

find . * -depth -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir It finds and removes all empty folders (including hidden ones) recursively. I only tired it on my home folder and a pendrive in Linux PC and it worked but I ...
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Open command prompt to access folders of a USB connected Android phone

If I connect a Phone with my Windows 7 machine via USB, it shows up in explorer with a name e.g. Nexus 5. How can I open a command prompt and change directory to this device. For lettered drives, I ...
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Enter recovery mode from command line

Does anyone know if there's a way to get an Android phone to reboot into recovery mode, from the Android command line? Note: I do NOT have adb access. I do NOT know the magic power-on sequence to ...
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Which WiFi-Direct commands can be used in Android?

I am interested to know what commands can be used in Android to control WiFi direct from the terminal/command line. I took a look into p2p WIFI direct but I didn't catch these commands!! I can find ...
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ERRORLEVELs in adb push and pull

I need to execute adb commands from DOS batch files, but I need to know if the push and pull commands were successful. Do these commands return an ERRORLEVEL, or some other environment variable to ...
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where can I find man page for top

I have a bugreport file containing output from (as it says) top -n 1 -d 1 -m 30 -t The -m option is not known on my ubuntu linux, wo where can I find the android man page for the top command? I ...
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CLI commands in android?

Since Android is linux, cant i use standard linux commands inside android? I know there are applications that allow for a "Command Line Interface" (CLI). I also imagine that adb would provide access ...
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How can to specify a wireless interface to an AVD using command line?

I am searching for a terminal command on AVD (Android Virtual Device) which supports attaching to a wireless interface in an AVD. Is there a way to connect to wifi in AVD?
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How do the Android X11 App differ?

How do the Android X11 Apps differ? XServer XSDL appears pretty polished and mature. I suspect the X Server app has been around longer, ranks higher on google. Are there any glaring problems with ...
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How to install bundles of additional terminal commands for rooted devices?

I rooted a HTC Wildfire S device recently and flashed an Android 4.1.2 AOKP Jelly Bean Custom ROM. One benefit is that I can use the terminal now. I'm a little used to using terminal emulators on ...
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Please explain this weird response to adb command

127|root@android:/ # find / -iname "aaengine" find: /proc/19619: No such file or directory I dont know why I got told about some file I never known about when ...
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How to return to the home screen with a terminal command?

Is there a terminal command to go to the home screen? I need to do this via ssh, so I cannot just push the "home" button, I need to send a command-line action..
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How to execute a file via adb command line?

I am trying to root my Motorola Xoom. Root checker pro currently tells me that "Executing this file can grant root access!" So I want to try that. the file is located in system/bin and is called su. ...
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Set Default Keyboard without having to long hold text input? [duplicate]

So I have successfully installed a new keyboard and enabled it in settings > keyboard and languages. I have been able to set it to the default keyboard by doing a long press on an input field and ...
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Use ADB To Lock Phone

I have a security app that needs to be able to activate the default lockscreen but with a passcode. Is it possible to do this with android shell commands?
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Shutdown Phone Without Root

Is there a shell command to shutdown and/or restart the phone WITHOUT root? I need this for an app I'm developing. It's going to be a feature called lockout mode that turns off the phone when it ...
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Is there a way to launch app via terminal in the background?

Is there a command to launch an app via terminal and have it start in the background? Something like the "&" in Linux...
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Installing an app from Play Store using the command line

Is it possible to install an app from Play Store using the command line and if yes, how? What I am trying to accomplish is something similar to using adb install file.apk but instead of an apk file ...
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A Real Terminal (Root or No-Root)

I use KUBUNTU on my laptop, but this goes for any Linux distro. I can open a terminal window and type in things like sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get install packagename. Is there a terminal that can ...
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Where to find description of all “/system/bin/service” calls?

In one answer I was adviced to use service call phone 2 s16 "$number". It works, but in service list I see other useful things I don't know how to use and can't easily find the information on the ...
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Sending linux commands over serial

I have a question about being able to send Linux commands over a serial connection to an Android device. I have heard of putty and tried to use it, but i am ultimately lost with it. Like if I was in ...
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Pull or backup only the contacts from Android

My phone is on a bootloope _ soft bricked. I have managed to detect it via adb on recovery mode. So now I want to know the exact command to pull contacts first from the phone to my pc. Is this ...
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How to find the pathname of the swap partition on SD card?

As this warns, you should not enable swap on the wrong partition or you can destroy your phone: OK before we go any further! previous phones had a partition layout where mmcblck0 was the SDcard ...