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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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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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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 ...
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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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Getting screen dimensions in a shell script

To run a game on my Nexus 5 (5.1), I need to change my screen resolution. I'm trying to write a shell script that will detect the current resolution and change it, basically a toggle. I know that I ...
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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 to pipe output of dd to a computer via adb shell?

I've accidentally wiped my phone and lost all my photos. I'm going to try to run photorec on an image of my phone. What I'd like to do is somehow something along these lines: adb shell dd if=/data ...
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Unable to start chinese tablet even after installing recovery

When I try to boot my chinese tablet it halts on a small android icon and does not go ahead. It is not a boot loop. I just stays there. It booted successfully a couple of hours ago after two days and ...
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How to read geolocation using adb shell

Is it possible to read geolocation data (either one provided by GPS or by GSM) using adb shell?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Error when trying to use adb shell in recovery mode

I have a Chinese phone which I've been unable to install ClockworkMod on. I decided to try booting into recovery mode to manually backup/restore the system partition. However, if I plug my phone into ...
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Is it possible to enable Location Services via Shell?

Is it possible to enable Location Services(GPS or Google NetworkLocation) via ADB or Terminal Emulator? I'm on a rooted Phone. Extra Points: Is it also possible to change other system-related ...
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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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Remount writable by all users?

I want to remount a read-only partition in read-write mode, but I want it to be writable for all users. So far I've got this: mount -o bind /someplace /someplace_else mount -o remount rw ...
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I can't see new files throught windows explorer

i can't see my new(!) files on android throught windows explorer while i can do it by ES explorer or adb shell. Is there any way to fix it?
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Is root ownership inherited in shell scripts? (rsync via ssh permission denied)

I am running Android Revolution HD 52.0 custom ROM (Android 4.3) with Koush's superuser 1.0.3.0 on a Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300. In the hope of using some native shell applications on my phone for ...
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Bricked chinese android

Recently I edited build.prop of my Note 3 smn9006 clone with mtk6572 for enabling navigation bar, i.e qemu.hw.mainkeys=0 and restarted. Nothing happened. Then again I tried to enable navigation bar ...
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Preventing certain WAKELOCKS (NlpCollectorWakeLock, NlpWakeLock) with shell? (e.g. pm command)

As some of you might aware of, the notorious 'NlpCollectorWakeLock' and 'NlpWakeLock' are often the cause of considerable battery drain. I personally make some custom ROMs, and would like to ...
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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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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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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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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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Flash update.img using flash_image

I want to flash a new ROM using the shell. (Need this later to do per app so there is no other way than shell). Here is what I tried connected to 192.168.1.9:5555 Pauls-MacBook-Pro:~$ adb shell ...
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Install Bash on rooted Kindle Fire

I just rooted my Kindle Fire and installed QuickSSHd, an SSH daemon app. I can log in via SSH (using Putty in Windows 7) and become root, etc. It appears, however, that the only shell installed is ...
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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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Mounting USB in android 4.1.2

I am trying to mount USB pen drive in my old Xperia phone running andorid 4.1.2 When I connect OTG device to my phone I get an USB power consumption error. After little search I found a command to ...
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is there a way to run *.sh file by just touching it in a file manager?

I mean like it is when user opens an image file a pane opens where user can select app for given type. But when I'm clicking on *.sh file the first option that shows up is to open as ...
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Where in the filesystem are settings saved? Namely ADB backup password

Where in the phone filesystem are settings saved? I've lost my ADB backup password and simply want to delete it. If it affects other settings that won't matter too much. I will be interfacing the ...
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Busybox Error: unknown option — eusage: nc

I've been trying to recover some photos and I've been following this guide here http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-nexus/general/guide-internal-memory-data-recovery-yes-t1994705 However, after I ...
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adb shell command to edit sim manager

Is it possible to open the sim manager under setting in the android phone using an adb shell command? I have alot of Android 4.04 devices (300) where I need to enable data roaming in the sim manager. ...
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How can I change pointer locations setting in developer options from adb shell?

I need to be able to select and deselect "pointer locations" from the developer options menu using adb. adb shell am start -n com.android.settings/.DevelopmentSettings, but once I'm there I can't ...
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How can I add the user of an application to the group of another application?

I'd like to add the user of one application to the group of another so that I can read the other applications private content without doing a su every time. I can't find the adduser or the useradd ...
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“shell has been granted superuser permissions” on non-rooted smartphone

My Galaxy S3 has just shown the blinking message "shell has been granted superuser permissions" (when clicking a Pinterest notification). The phone is not rooted and is running Android 4.0.4. What ...
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Why do some keyevents not working in Tasker on my device?

I've found that at least following keyevents don't work: 61 KEYCODE_TAB 22 KEYCODE_DPAD_RIGHT They work from adb shell and Hacker's keyboard but not from Tasker =/ Shell script contains only "input ...
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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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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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How do I connect an existing VPN connection on my Android device using adb?

Under Wireless & networks > VPN I have an existing profile for an L2TP VPN. I'd like to use adb to connect (and disconnect) that profile from the command line. It would looks something like ...
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Polling JavaScript from shell script in Android?

I want to measure the real, system and user time for running a web benchmark (1). It basically runs some pre-stored site data emulating basic human interaction. It contains index.html, results.html ...
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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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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 ...