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Is it possible to activate the “USB Tethering” Android setting 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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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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Can't run adb shell (exec permission denied 13)

I wanted to push a file (a C program compiled on a Linux machine) to /system/bin so I can see if I can run it (people on the Internet say it's possible) but I accidentally pushed it to /system/bin/sh. ...
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Simulate missed call from ADB shell

On the ADB shell, I run the command adb -s <serial_number> shell am start -a android.intent.action.CALL -d tel:123456 to place a call on my testing device. It works great. But I also want to ...
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Adb read contents of an Alert Dialog

i have an android phone connected to my pc, using ADB i can run some commands to the device and get output, now am in a situation where i want ADB to read the contents of an Alert dialog. i have been ...
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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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Check if a certain directory exists on AVD using ADB command

I want to check if a certain directory (e.g. /data/textdata/) exists on the AVD using adb shell. I'm following prolink007's answer on SO, except this line: DIR_RESULT=$(adb shell ls /data/ | tr -d ...
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How do I mount an NFS share on an CM 12?

I'd like to mount an NFS share on my Android cell phone, with perhaps a mount-unmount button on the home screen. Any ideas of how to accomplish this? My /system/lib/modules is empty. It doesn't have ...
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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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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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Is there a non-app tool for batch backup of APK files?

Just as the other times, an answer to my question shall not contemplate an app from either the Play Store, or any other source. What I'm after, is a tool capable to backup user apps, system apps or ...
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Getting absolute path with “ls” command

Is it possible to output the absolute file path when executing ls -l on Android (e.g. via adb shell or in a terminal app)? Here is the output I get from ls -l /etc/ (I have root access): ...
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Run script in smanager script manager fails with “no such file or directory”

I have tried to run 3g turbocharger script in my Android phone with smanager as root, but it doesn't work. The result is no such file or directory How can I get this to work correctly?
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How to kill dhcpcd?

The following command works perfectly to start DHCP: # dhcpcd -p eth0 DHCP cannot be stopped once it is started. The following command does not work: # dhcpcd -k eth0 It returns the following: ...
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Is it possible to set device's Latitude and Longitude using ADB SHELL?

I know how to set locatlon for emulators using device configuration interface from Motodoev Studio for example. But, how I can set locatlon for a device?
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Is there a shell command to open Ethernet settings?

To open the Wi-Fi settings, one can use the following command: # am start -n com.android.settings/.Settings\$AdvancedWifiSettingsActivity Is there a similar command to open the Ethernet settings ...
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mount in shell as user or root with different output

I have a rooted Android Phone and a native service which detects if the system partition is mounted read-write or read-only. If I run the mount command in the user shell, the partition is mounted ...
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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 can I get shell access on my almost dead phone

My phone broke, so I have been messing with it and from the errors I can see, it looks like all the system folders are missing. /system /data etc. I saw a YT video where the guy used ADB shell to ...
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Why do Linux commands not work properly on Android?

> adb shell sh-4.1$ ls -F -F: No such file or directory -F switch works fine on my Ubuntu. Why doesn't it work on Android? Is there a way to make it work?
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How to enable/disable DHCP of eth0

"ifconfig eth0 dhcp start" or "ifconfig eth0 dhcp drop" does not seem to work for Android. Is there a way to enable/disable DHCP for eth0 via shell commands?
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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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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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Does “ifconfig wlan0 dhcp status” work for Android?

I cannot get any response from an Android device (Android 4.2) to command "ifconfig wlan0 dhcp status" Command "ifconfig wlan0" returns the following: wlan0: ip 192.168.0.14 mask 255.255.254.0 flags ...
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How does changing IP and mask by ifconfig work?

I am sorry for this rudimentary question, but I cannot find a good answer. Here is the effort to change IP and mask: # ifconfig eth0 eth0: ip 192.168.0.133 mask 0.0.0.0 flags [up broadcast running ...
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Help! Renamed /system/bin/sh to sh.old.bak, lost root, can't rename, no nandroid backup

I did something incredibly stupid today. I renamed /system/bin/sh to /system/bin/sh.old.bak on my rooted Huawei y536a1 running 4.4.3 KK. I was going to install a app I thought might overwrite it ...
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Broken Screen + Using adb shell to run vnc server

I have an HTC HD2 with a completely busted screen, I tried repairing it with a replacement screen but broke the ribbon cable to the screen (oops) sad day, I've got two of these and I've been running ...
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Run downloaded shell command without root?

My phone is a Galaxy S3, not rooted. I have "ES File Explorer" and "Terminal Emulator" installed. I downloaded an Android build of 'wget', intending to execute it from the Terminal Emulator app. ...
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Nexus 6 automatically remounting system read-only, deleted files returning

tl;dr I mount system rw I try to copy/update/write /system/xposed.prop System is auto-remounted ro, causing the write to fail (applicable to a variety of workarounds) Moving/renaming/deleting files ...
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Cannot mount mtdblock partition

I'm trying to mount the boot partition of a tablet with MTD partitions. This is the output of cat /proc/mtd: root@android:/ # cat /proc/mtd dev: size erasesize name mtd0: 00400000 00004000 ...
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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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How can I run a script on boot?

I'm accustomed to running scripts on boot in Linux, but I'm not sure how to do this in Android. I'd like to start my SSH daemon on start, so I'll always be able to connect. How can I run an arbitrary ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...