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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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Serious issue of ADB auto exiting

ADB always exits by itself causing (many times) almost wiping my data folder on PC instead of /data on Android. It does this even while I'm typing commands (!) as if there is a timer that makes it ...
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shark (sniffer) cannot find shell commands

when I am trying to run shark it say: tmp-mksh: <stdin>[1]: tr: not found tmp-mksh: <stdin>[1]: cut: not found tmp-mksh: <stdin>[1]: killall: not found tmp-mksh: <stdin>[1]: ...
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ls -b in android shell

If im not mistaking, using ls -b should output escape characters with some sort of representation, but it seems like this option isn't available. Is there an alternative, or is it impossible to have a ...
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SH Script to Rename .apk.odex files

I have written a script to utilize dexopt-wrapper to odex a folder of .apk's #!/bin/sh SYSAPP=/mnt/extSdCard/FilesToOdex/system/app/ SYSPRIVAPP=/mnt/extSdCard/FilesToOdex/system/priv-app/ for i1 in ...
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Is it possible to cat a file to an android phone and dd to /dev/xxx on the fly with just adb shell?

adb shell dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p7 > backup.bin works to backup android phone partition to computer but when I want to restore using cat backup.bin | adb shell dd of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p7 ...
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Run shell script in background process no matter what activity in foreground? [closed]

I have a shell script that looks does the following: # /mnt/sdcard/touch.sh sleep 10 while [ 1 ]; do input swipe 700 380 1020 600 1000 input tap 960 540 input swipe 1220 700 900 480 1000 ...
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How to start root shell with Android Studio?

I just installed Android Studio. How do I get into root shell on my phone? Or do I have to download ADB separately?
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Identifying an unknown Android tablet through adb/shell without relying on build.prop

I obtained a cheap unbranded tablet from a friend, without a box or anything and I need to figure out what kind of tablet it is, through software. What I've established so far is that the tablet is ...
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How can I syncronize android time with machine via ADB

How can I update android time via ADB? I know I can run this comand via windows cmd: adb shell date -s 20140414.130000 But I need to synchronize the time with my windows machine. Is this possible ...
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How can I manage “desktop” icons

I want to remove all the icons on the desktop, (and also in the bottom bar) and place new ones via ADB. My script already removes all the apps, but icons/shortcuts remanin there! Is there any command ...
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How can I detect if a shell script is running on Android?

What is the most reliable way to detect if a script is running on Android (instead of a regular Linux build)? To run scripts, I'm using bash, the Terminal app, and BusyBox.
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How to execute shell script from suid binaries

I've a rooted phone and created a root:root owned binary with suid bit set. It's supposed to be a wrapper for a shell script that needs root to work. Calling system("/system/bin/sh ./script") doesn't ...
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Installing stock Android on Galaxy S3 fails. How to see why?

I have tried installing AUT-I9300XXUGNA5-20140129183554.zip and O2U-I9300XXUGNA5-20140224162541.zip on my S3. They both fail with "Installation aborted", but I have no problem installing ...
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Why the file path the phone tells me ,I couldn't find in 'adb shell'?

I used my new Moto X phone, then I encountered a basic problem. It's running Android 4.4.2. I take a photo, and want to send it to my PC. The Gallery app tells me the photo is at ...
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How to add a symbolic link to bypass unavailable busybox applet

I have BusyBox version v1.15.3 installed that came with the ROM gingerdx 31b. This busybox version cannot be updated/changed, because if it's being updated, the phone goes into a bootloop on the next ...
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built in command line pager/viewer like less? Without busybox or root access

Sometimes i investigate foreign phones, where i can't root or install any Apps. But i want to examine the filesystem via adb shell, and view some text-files. Like i usually do with a *nix-shell: with ...
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How does hibernating an app work technically?

Hello how are you guys? I was wondering How Hibernating of an app works technically. I know about freezing an app (shell pm disable com.mypackage.name) but this also hides app icon from launcher. I ...
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mount: Permission denied (when mounting /system directory on android device)

I have rooted Samsung Galaxy S4 (Int) using CynongenMod OS. I am trying to install and run an executable file which needs its configuration file to be copied to the /system directory. Now, after ...
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Transfer Files to Nexus 4 with Terminal

I want to transfer files to my Nexus 4 using the Mac Terminal. I tried to use the adb shell with adb push, but because I'm not root I'm not allowed to push to the sdcard. Is there any way to mount ...
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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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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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Can not uninstall standard Android keyboard or get it back working

I want to uninstall the standard Android keyboard com.android.inputmethod.latin. I googled and found multiple threads discussing this problem. What I did so far: 1.) Uninstall via intent -> doesn't ...
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Permission denied when trying to mount USB storage

I'm trying to mount USB storage using the "Terminal Emulator" app with the following commands: mount -t vfat -o rw /dev/block/sd* /storage/usb1 or su mount -t vfat -o rw /dev/block/sd* ...
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adb shell check if a certain directory exist on avd

I want to check if a certain directory (/data/textdata/ ) exists on the avd using adb shell. reading ...
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Disable browser prompt when using ADB to open an URL

I'm trying to open an URL using the ADB command: ./adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.VIEW -d URL When I have multiple browser support applications, I'm trying to open this using google ...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 1 /sdcard/ folder tree

Hi I am searching for the factory folder tree for Samsung Galaxy Note 1. I want the folder tree, so I can perform adb shell commands to access these directories. In a quest of recovering data. e.g. ...
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Where to find info on the “service call” shell command? [duplicate]

Using adb shell or a terminal emulator on the device, entering this will clear all notifications (requires su) service call notification 1 This will send an sms (doesn't require su) service call ...
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Android - shell utility to perpetually disable headset device?

I have an HTC Desire HD device that has some schmutz in the wired headset jack, and the output from 'logcat' (http://pastebin.com/cNZC8Wwc) shows it vacillating between 'Headset=true' and ...
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Can I run scripts on startup on rooted Galaxy Note 3?

I want to be able to run a shell command (e.g. mount) on startup on my Galaxy Note 3 (stock rooted Android 4.3) Typically on Linux that'd be done using /etc/init.d but I don't have that directory on ...
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Android (S2) can't connect to Raspberry by SSH

I cant connect to my Raspberry using SSH. With my Windows/Linux-PC it works normally. I tried to connect to it with the Android Shell and an SSH-App. With both I get the message "No route to host".
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can't use adb shell in recovery mode

I have a china tablet named Quest. I have accidentally repeated pattern lock more than 5 times. Now I have also forgotten the email address. So for a factory-reset of my tablet I simply booted it ...
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adb shell ls giving strange results

Environment: running adb in command window on Windows XP PC running adbKonnect on Nook Simple Touch (rooted; running Android 2.1) When I type adb shell ls \sys I get a list of the folders there. ...
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Android: how to grant 666 privs to a device via ueventd.rc

I need to access an USB camera connected to my (rooted) Android. I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.2.2. I want to access it with a normal app, so I need the device to be world readable. I can ...
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Running TRIM from shell

Is it possible to run fstrim in stock android 4.3 from adb shell? I understand it runs every 24 hours when the device is plugged in and idle but I would like to run on demand to test a few theories.
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Android shell script permissions? [duplicate]

I have a rooted phone, and I was playing around with Terminal Emulator. I tried writing a simple shell script (test.sh) : #!/bin/sh echo "Hello, World!" Then I opened terminal emulator, cd'd to ...
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Android: “wipe data/factory reset” won't delete all directories in '/sdcard'

I'm trying to reinstall my Asus Transformer TF101 with Cyanogenmod, I select the "wipe data/factory reset" option in the ClockworkMod Recovery menu, but after installing it I find that the original ...
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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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ls command works but not with options?

In my terminal app when I type ls /? it gives me ls /d. Where can I find the other options? For example I want to list the file attributes and file length. I have tried also busybox to no avail.
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`adb shell ime list` commands - Please clarify!

What do the following two commands mean adb shell ime list -s adb shell ime list and why don't the return anything at all? See code below: aneesh@nb-14:~$ adb shell ime list -s aneesh@nb-14:~$ adb ...
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Flaw in `adb shell ime list -a`?

I wanted to understand how to work with IMEs. More precisely, I was trying to figure out how to disable in a single command one can disable all the input methods so that the hardware keyboard takes ...
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how to turn on/off automatic date/time settings

I would like to be able to turn the automatic date time settings on and off from tasker. I don't see a way to do this directly but I can use tasker to issue a shell command. I know I can just use ...
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How can I troubleshoot MTP on my Galaxy Nexus

My Galaxy Nexus 4.2.2 won't show up as a MTP device anymore. It looks like the phone is the problem, I want to debug the problem from that end. Like many before me, I tried everything, and then some ...
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Motorla Defy+ being not possible to root. Script commands throwing errors when rooting android 2.3.6

It's getting very hard to root a Motorola Defy+ (mb256). My cellphone is accepting non android market apps, and USB debugging mode is enabled. I tried: - using z4Root app. - doing the scipt commands ...
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How to put a ROM on read-only /sdcard, while adb shell not working (HTC One X)

I've been searching my _ off for two days now to find a solution for my problem, but I can't find one working for me. What I do have right now: NO working ROM (I believe because of a failed atempt ...
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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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How to find files related to a process

I was using adb shell to have a peek at what's going on a Sony Xperia Z phone. I've noticed a few services (e.g. com.sonymobile.socialengine.plugins, com.google.android.youtube, etc.). I'd like to ...
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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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How to switch off HDMI

I have an android box with a HDMI port. Im connecting it to a projector. To the same projector Im also connecting a PC via VGA cable. Now I want to give my box a command to switch off the HDMI port, ...
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How do I view/mount nandroid file on device?

From Android's terminal, I tried to mount a nandroid img: losetup -f gives "/dev/loop0". However, when I try losetup /dev/loop0 /sdcard/nandroid/... data.img it says no such directory. Same thing ...