A file system is the logical structure to organize (store, retrieve and update) data on a storage device.

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Where are binaries installed?

I just recently rooted my phone so I could install SL4A. I want to execute some commands via a Python script, specifically turn Google voice off for all calls, make the call and then turn it back on. ...
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Filesystem created and last accessed times

Why doesn't Android keep track of the created and last accessed times as well as the last modified time for files in the file-system?
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how to populate external SD for Android

Contrary to advice given here I'm not observing LOST.DIR folder created in cases of corruption. Here's my sequence of steps: Unmount external SD card in Android. Put it into external card reader for ...
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Is it safe to rename, delete or disable system/bin/mediaserver?

mediaserver is constantly running in the background eating up CPU. I don't care at this point if I don't get to use the gallery app and I'm fed up with having to reboot every time I hop out of my ...
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Why can I see '/' in a file manager when my device is not rooted?

My device is not rooted: I have rooted it before, but I did a full factory reset using the Nexus Factory Images. Root Checker tells me it's not rooted, and SuperSU tells me that it cannot find SU ...
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How can I place a text file on my homescreen for editing?

I would like to place a textfile from my SD-card todo.txt on my home screen so I can click on it to edit the content and when I close it only that file would be saved. Ideally there would be a git ...
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How do I make /sdcard link point to external SD Card on Android 4.4.2?

I've got a Samsung GT-I9505 phone with Google Edition Rom installed. As my phone comes with 16Gb internal storage, I bought a 32Gb microSD. However, the phone still uses emulated SD card to store all ...
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I deleted folder in / and I want to make the folder exist again. Does it start with Capital letter (SEE picture)

`I deleted the folder symlinking to /storage/sdcard0 and I want to restore the symlink but I'm not sure if I should make new folder starting with s or S there should be folder named ?dcard does it ...
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Where is the Home folder?

On my linux system I have a directory in /home where all my personal files and local program configurations are stored. Where does Android store that type of file?
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Where to store (personal) files?

What is the best place in the Android (4.4 or similar) file system to save some documents (.pdf, personal docs, other files, music, ...)? In other words, is there a specific folder where one can ...
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Is the external micro SD card path the same for all devices?

I am using a Samsung Tab 2. There is a path: /mnt/external_sdcard/myfile. Here, I can save, read, or write my file to the external micro SD card. I'm just wondering if this path is the same for all ...
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Unable to adb push on Samsung S4

I absolutely can't push to /system/app/ using adb on a rooted S4 with rw remounted filesystem. adb says: Read-only file system Mounts: /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/system /system ext4 ...
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How do you get the EmotionSoiD app to load the BIOS?

I downloaded an app called EmotionSoiD which is supposed to be a PS2 emulator for Android here: https://app.box.com/emotionsoid I got it and it installed and runs and stuff, but a black screen pops ...
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rot13 on all names of files in a directory!

This one has me stumped :-/ I have a non-rooted nexus 7 (2013, Android 4.4.2). There is a directory on the inbuilt sd card and this directory has about 200 files in and I would like to rename each ...
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Partition mounting on Android

On linux, "/etc/fstab" contains the directives how a partition should be mounted (fs type, flags etc.). On Android how it is determined? On my Nexus 7, I see a file called "fstab.flo" in "/" which ...
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Why does Android use fuse for internal SD card mount?

The android ICS or later version(JB) use /data/media directory for internal SD card, and use fuse for mounting the emulator internal sd card device (/dev/fuse). As we know if we use fuse, the files ...
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File Explorer for HTC Desire X - too many permissions asked for?

I have a HTC Desire X running Android 4.0.4 (not rooted) I am looking for a file explorer mainly for 2 things - Just browsing around the file system - Copying an apk from my PC and executing it. I ...
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What might cause my phone to spontaneously stop booting into its custom ROM and only reboot into recovery mode?

My phone is a Samsung Vibrant running CyanogenMod 10.0 (Android 4.1.2). I rebooted my phone, as I do every few days, and instead of starting up CyanogenMod as usual, it dumped me into the ...
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Images and videos not readable from SD

first time here and I'm in sort of despair! I recently purchased a 32GB (class 10) memory card for my Samsung Galaxy S2. All went fine, the card was recognized, I could write and read from it, both, ...
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can't find apps on sd card after root

I just took the plunge and rooted my HTC incredible 2 to ICS 4.0.4 with Psycho's CM 9.1. I am happy so far but I don't know how to retrieve the apps I have saved on my SD card. Prior to performing ...
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Why my (unrooted) /data partition appears to be empty?

I am having some issue with my /data partition. Among other things, when I browse its contents with the Astro app, it appears to be empty. The phone has never been rooted and it has been factory-reset ...
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Browsing PC from Samsung Galaxy SIII via Blutooth

I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII and would like to browse, copy, paste, and perhaps even edit my Windows 7 PC's files from it via Blutooth from wirelessly from another room. How can I achieve this? ...
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What is the 'garbage.sba' file in Android?

I am trying to gain some storage space on my rooted Samsung Galaxy SII i9100G and came across certain '.sba' files in my '/Andoroid' directory with file sizes of around 35 MB each like 'menu.sba', ...
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How do I mount an external disk drive formatted in ext4 via USB Host?

I plugged a 2.5 inch 1Tb drive into a Nexus 10 and I cannot see it anywhere really. Something pops up in ES File Explorer, but I cannot access the drive. Do I have to root my device, or is there some ...
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Which filesystems get overwritten when applying a ROM?

I'd like to better understand the process of writing a ROM (a zip package) to my Android phone. Checking with adb shell, the following filesystems are mounted on my phone: rootfs / rootfs ...
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In Android 4.1 what is the file structure in SDCard0

My question is not a duplicate of this question as in that post the OP is asking for where the apps are stored and my question is what is the file structure in Android 4.1 I know that installed apps ...
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Filesystem format used for SD Card by Galaxy S3

When I remove the SD Card that was formatted by my Galaxy S3 from it and put it in a MacBook, fdisk shows its sole partition as having partition ID 0C, indicating that it is a Fat32 LBA partition. ...
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Folder turned into file?

Normally "DCIM" is a folder in which all photos that were taken with camera are stored. When I tried to take a photo with Google Camera, the app instructed me to insert a sd card before taking photos ...
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How to change Android's default key press sound?

The phone is rooted, I tried changing the file/s; /system/media/audio/ui/*.ogg and their permissions; -rw-r--r-- but still plays the default. Restarting the phone doesn't work also. Am I ...
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Virtual SMB directory on sdcard

I have a Moto G with only 16 gigs of storage. It doesn't accept external sd cards. Therefore, I store some data on my phone and some on my networked drive, at home. This can be annoying because a lot ...
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Programmatically, how does “rooting” a device enable access? [duplicate]

From a layman point of view, one would say, "Oh, I'm unrooted so I am blocked and access is not allowed." I want the programmatic point of view; telling me how an unrooted device doesn't have access ...
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How to turn off the camera shutter sound on LG G2 mini?

Where is located the camera shutter sound file on LG G2 mini (Android 4.4.2)? Or how else to turn that annoying sound off? None of the solutions recommended in similar questions here does work. The ...
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Where to put supersu zip file while rooting HTC One M8

I'm following the instructions at http://htc-one.wonderhowto.com/how-to/unlock-bootloader-root-your-htc-one-m8-0154444/ and have found a stage where I don't have enough information, which is at Step 9 ...
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Difference between /storage/emulated/0/ and /storage/emulated/legacy/? [duplicate]

I've recently went from stock Jelly Bean to CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat), and I've noticed that the internal SD card paths are completely different. I now have /storage/emulated/ containing two folders ...
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How can I make an Android device go from off to on at a chosen point?

I have a rooted Pantech Element and I want to make it turn on when it is charging (or at some other predetermined event, possibly). I have seen advice that says to edit a file called 'playlpm', but ...
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remount failing for rooted device

I have a rooted motorola device, which I am trying to remount for an internal apk installation. Vaibhav-mac00:~ vaibhav$ adb remount System folder is write protected. To disable use: fastboot oem ...
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execute permissions on fuse/fat filesystem

I've successfully cross-compiled Ruby for Android and everything goes ok in the emulator. But while I'm testing these funny things on my device (Nexus4) I noticed that /sdcard (or ...
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How to mount ubifs filesystem on android emulator?

I want to test the functionality of a custom ubifs filesystem on an android emulator (avd- Nexus 5). I have compiled and deployed a goldfish kernel(3.4) with ubifs support. But not finding the correct ...
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What might Opera be searching for to determine that my device doesn't have an SD card?

I just rooted a B&N Nook Glowlight and installed Opera Mobile. When I try to download an APK from e.g. Github, Opera Mobile gives an error: A memory card is needed for file downloads. Please ...
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Android Hangouts image cache location

Is it possible to retrieve sent/received Hangouts images from the file system? I'm looking for an image which has been deleted on Google+, but is still in cache when I swipe through images on my ...
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Windows explorer not showing all my SdCard Files | Galaxy S3 mini

I have a some images that I can see in my phone, when I check the location it says that they're in my external SD card (see first image), but when I connect my phone to my laptop with Windows 7, I ...
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What are the files with a tilde ~ in their names?

I recently see a lot of files and directories with names like "T9XY3G~X" on my android device. I find them in the directories I sync with my PC, even though they are not copied to my PC. My device is ...
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cannot play or copy corrupted video

I have a Samsung galaxy S4. I have changed the settings so that the pictures and video taken from the phone camera are saved in a folder on the external memory card. Usually this works quite well. ...
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How to create a custom partition? (Not related to the SDCARD)

I am trying to figure out ways to create a new partition additionally to the standard ones, like system, boot or data. As the title indicates, my intention is not to create an ext4 partition inside ...
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Restore wiped files, how? [duplicate]

By unlocking my Bootloader on my HTC One, all data got wiped, also on the Storage... Short and fast, how can i restore files? for example Whatsapp Chat history?!
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Replacing my default phone application with other one

Can I replace my phone.apk from system/app to a new Phone application such as Swipe Dialer Pro . will it do any harm.there is also one additional apk in system/app called phone service. Apk. what's ...
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Accessing files on google drive from file menu

I am using a GIS package ported from UNIX and it has a standard file menu with Open etc. The files that I want to access are on google drive. How do I get these mounted as part of the file system?
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Save image/video thumbnails to external storage

How can I save image/video thumbnails to external storage on my android device? Although the image directory of my galaxy s3 device was set to storage/exSdCard/DCIM/Camera it seems that image and ...
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How (where) do I browse to the /data/Tombstones (on the System Partition, I think)?

Trying to delete some files from my System partition. Someone suggested deleting /data/Tombstones (I.e., what's the Path to it so I can browse to it) Using Astro File manager I navigated from the ...
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Saving files to internal storage on Android

On my mobile phone I have not got SD card. When I receive something via Bluetooth, it shows me that I have no SD card and I need to insert SD card to receive files. Can someone tell me, how can I set ...