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How do i recover my wifi pass from android using adb?

I'm connected to a wifi spot with my android, but i'd like to connect with my laptop aswell. I don't want to root my phone (warranty and stuffs) nor reset the router, as it has complex settings on it. ...
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Using 'su' in a shell script

I have root installed on Lollipop 5.0 and I'm trying to root explorer to make a shell script that: backs up a file called c_1 deletes all files beginning with c_ renames a file called data to ...
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How to run alsamixer command for android shell

I am trying to configure sound for a specific sound card and I need AlsaMixer to open but I can't find the right command to open it from terminal. Any help would be appreciated
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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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Exploiting or exploited? Battery.sh

I found this script /system/bin/battery.sh Wondering what it's doing there and If it can be exploited to gain root. #!/system/bin/sh test1=cat /etc/battery.conf test2=${test1:0:${#test1}-2} chown ...
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Change path via script?

Currently, after I shell into my devices I run this script: #!/system/bin/sh export PATH=$PATH:/data/local/tmp echo $PATH /system/bin/sh The sh at the end of the script inherits the new path from ...
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How do I install missing command line tools onto an Android device?

Android installations do not always have all the tools one would expect to have on a Unix-like system. For example, right now I have a problematic device which doesn't have find CLI utility. I mean, ...
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No prompt in Terminal Emulator after failed install of SuperSu/replace KingRoot

I have a Huawei Union (y538) and rooted it using KingRoot. I then followed a guide to replace KingRoot with SuperSu. Terminal Emulator displayed some permission errors, SuperSu opened, but the install ...
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Android ADB Shell Recovery Mounting

*Question: I need assistance mounting an Android phone's internal data using the Android ADB Shell while the unit is connected via USB and in recovery mode. How do I form a proper mount command? See ...
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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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adb>shell returns “error: closed” - how to “open” adb shell access through adb sideload

my device got broken but i am still able to connect usb in the stock recovery mode. if i try to start a shell via adb while the device is in recovery mode, i fail. my terminal echos the line: "error: ...
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android command line shell

I have a Nokia X running Android 4.4.4 and I have Terminal Emulator and Busybox 1.24 installed but I can't still find some useful commands to perform several operations with the command line ...
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Activate and disable GPS through adb shell on Marshmallow (Android 6.0)

It used to be possible to disable location using adb shell prior to Android 6.0 using this line: adb shell settings put secure location_providers_allowed ' ' And enabling high accuracy mode using ...
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Overlapping data and sdcard partitions; no USB access

After making some incredibly clumsy choices in TWRP v2.8.6.0, my Xiaomi MI2S can no longer mount /sdcard when booting into the system. Storage information shows that the system spans all of the ...
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Lenovo S6000 - Auto power on after connecting charger

I searched the web to automatically power on my lenovo tablet after connecting the charger, but all the guides are for samsung and some other brands. File /system/bin/playlpm doesn't exist in lenovo ...
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Shell command for going to home screen HTC LTEVO

I am using this app that unlocks/locks your phone when you cover it, but whenever it unlocks, it opens up the app. I am trying to use automatit pro to run a shell command to go to homescreen at screen ...
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How to pull mmcblk0 to a windows pc?

So here is what i want to pull : mmcblk0 whith it's size 15.7 GB. C:\adb>adb shell shell@android:/ $ su su shell@android:/ # fdisk -l /dev/block/mmcblk0 fdisk -l /dev/block/mmcblk0 Disk ...
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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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How to scroll horizontally in Terminal Emulator for Android

When I'm using Terminal Emulator for Android (also available here), long commands frequently scroll horizontally off the window. I feel quite dense, but I can't find a way to quickly scroll left and ...
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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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Where can I find documentation for shell commands?

For using a shell commands through a terminal program, where can I find documentation or help or man pages for the commands as implemented in Android? While it would be nice to have them on the ...
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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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Work-around for process substitution in mksh

An extremely useful feature of Bash, known as process substitution, is missing in the Android shell, mksh. This is highly unfortunate as it prevent you from doing things like: diff <(sort list1) ...
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How can I run shell commands on a schedule?

I would like to be able to run shell commands on a schedule, similar to running commands from cron on Linux. The commands I have in mind are native shell script, or perhaps Python scripts, if I could ...
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How do I avoid losing root shell in rooted Android?

I have: Successfully rooted my Android 5.0 (custom ROM) Installed busybox Installed Android-Terminal-Emulator However on the command prompt, whenever I use su or /system/xbin/su, it shows the: ...
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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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Invoking in the terminal

I have downloaded Python 3 and a terminal emulator. But when I type python3 in the terminal, it says "not found". How do I run the python interactive shell inside the terminal?
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Permission denied

[ASL] gives this error in library installations: %ANDROID%\platform-tools\adb.exe push %NATIVE% /data/local/asl-native --->RUN '/data/local/asl-native':Permission denied How can I overcome this ...
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adb shell -> su: not found

How can I overcome this problem? Devices: Samsung Galaxy TabS - Android 4.4.2 HTC M8 - Android 5.0.1 The two devices have the same problem.
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How to read shell commands documentation in android

I have busybox installed in phone. Also, my device is rooted. I tried to use man command: $ man ls However, it returns no manual entry for 'ls'. I tried to navigate to /bin/busybox but there is no ...
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Starting an activity listed under “Settings” from terminal (or adb shell)

I would like to start this activity from terminal: com.android.settings.Settings$PowerUsageSummaryActivity I tried am start -S com.android.settings/.Settings$PowerUsageSummaryActivity and this is ...
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Where can I obtain an sqlite3 command line binary for Android?

When I read documentation such as Examining sqlite3 databases from a remote shell I get the impression an sqlite command-line binary should exist on my phone. Sadly I can't seem to find it on my phone ...
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Using the Cerberus shell to input commands

I'd like to use the Cerberus shell to input commands like taps, swipes, and text. I know how to do it using the command line and ADB shell, but I don't have USB debugging enabled on my Nexus6, so I'm ...
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Check OpenSSL version in Android with Java runtime or shell command

I have a problem with checking OpenSSL version in Android device. I've tried to grep OpenSSL from system/lib/libssl.so with java runtime.exec, but it doesn't work? Anyone can help me, how to make a ...
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Issuing adb shell commands with arguments

So I can issue a shell command on my GalaxyS5 device using this: $ adb shell run-as com.steenriver.littlecrane 'sh -c pwd' /data/data/com.steenriver.littlecrane $ adb shell run-as ...
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How to find out currently running user name/ID from ADB

I am having Nexus 7 running multiple users. I am trying to find out which is currently running user using ADB. The best I could get so far was to check legacy directory linking which is either linked ...
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Automating adb commands

is there a way to run adb shell commands via windows? I would like to run a batch script such as this adb shell mount -o rw,remount /system exit Currently when i run the batch script it only ...
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Turn off radio layer hardware calls to save battery when your broadband hardware is gone

With reference to my question here: IM-A870L Radio Interface Layer broke down Summary: My android phone broadband chip is dead. For some reason, its not working anymore. Now I can use the phone for ...
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Running applications from a terminal emulator [closed]

I have a rooted Nexus 7 Jelly Bean tablet and whenever I attempt to run an application from a terminal emulator app after chmod 777ing it and using the syntax ("./applicationName") it insists that I ...
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Rooted phone no root access in bash but sh

on cm 12.1 (I know the nightlies) I experienced something very curious. at first, if I start a terminal emulator, I'm not root. I'm just the user the app is running in. so if I do echo $USER it ...
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Deleting 'infinite' recursive directory

I created a new folder inside /sdcard/ and something went wrong with it since other 600 sub-folders (one inside the other) were created as well. I noticed the problem when trying to rename the ...
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Where in the file system are applications installed?

I have installed a few Android applications both with the adb install MyApplication.apk command and via a webserver (like an alternative to Android Market). But where in the Android file system on my ...
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Shell .profile or /etc/profile for old android 2.3.3

Just rooted my old phone with Android 2.3.3 and I would like to define some aliases for each shell I start (with adb or terminal app). I found this question where one answer says that /etc/profile ...
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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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SQLite database operation from Android terminal

I want to do SQLite command like sqlite3 myDb.db, or do other SQLite command from Android shell, like Terminal Emulator or something else. I have tried googling for these, but no luck. Is it possible ...
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How to run 2 shell scripts from ramdisk?

I am attempting to setup my ramdisk to fire off 2 sets of scripts. 1 is ramdisk /sbin only, the others are user allowed scripts # Check Properties on property:dp.early_init.done=1 chmod 0777 ...
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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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Is it possible to start an infinite loop within init.d?

I would like to create an init.d script to control the fan of my Odroid XU3 under Lollipop 5.1.1, CyanogenMod 12.1. I already make one on linux which is working well and would like to port it to ...
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Run Bash Script from Terminal

I have modified a kernel's ramdisk to include a "settings" terminal run bash script. However, when I type in terminal su dp I get file is not found. dp exists in the ramdisk as /sbin/dp I've ...
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Disable touchscreen input via console

I'm looking for a way to disable and enable the phone's touchscreen via console, and possibly the physical buttons, so to prevent finger touches from being processed. The phone is a Samsung Galaxy ...