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defining functions in TWRP

In "normal" android you start up a Terminal emulator or do "adb shell" and then from there you can defining a function by: function name { #code } name #runs "name" But by using adb shell over ...
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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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Where is the battery animation called?

I have a tablet from China, it's a Q8H Allwinner. It is rooted, and I've browsed the internal storage for hours to find the battery animation, I found them at framework-res.apk... Now I want to find ...
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Parted says external SD card has no partitions, but Android can still read it

I have a 16GB external SD card that I'm currently using for my music collection. Android reads it just fine, and CWM mounts it perfectly. I'm on Gingerbread (I have my reasons). I opened up adb shell ...
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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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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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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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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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Setting IncognitoModeAvailability policy for Google Chrome on an Android tablet?

Google Chrome supports an “IncognitoModeAvailability” policy that I want to set on my Android (Jelly Bean) tablet. I tried to set up the policies as described here: ...
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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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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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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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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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Ngrok (compiled for Arm5) crash on android: can't find core dump files!

I downloaded Ngrok which I want to install on a old HTC Hero [the project is to transform the phone in a ipcam, reachable behind a NAT network], so I chose the version compiled for Arm5. You can find ...
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How can I run a shell script when some WiFi is connected?

I have a really simple shell script, that just adds a route to my internal development machine. This is useful, as that machine has some LXC containers inside, so I can reach all my containers from my ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I run a file on my phone, via the terminal on my computer?

I'm doing this. There is a detailed version of what I did. Now someone suggested me to install TWRP recovery, it could be installed via the playstore, but now I have no idea on how to make android ...
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Where are settings for `svc power stayon true` stored?

I want to make a simple utility where I can read the current setting for the stayon portion of svc, and also change it. I got changing the setting down, but how do I find out the current value of it? ...
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Android package manager (pm) returns blank on every command

For example if I run the command pm list packages, pm list permission-groups, pm uninstall com.google.android.apps.books, etc. All return blank and seem to have done nothing. I do have root, I'm ...
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Why does my PATH get set differently for SSH Droid?

I've noticed that depending upon how I enter my rooted phone I get a different PATH setting: # ADB bash-3.2$ adb shell shell@kfotetzx:/ $ echo $PATH ...
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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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“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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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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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 ...
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Toogle 3G, Bluetooth, and WiFi with Android Linux or ADB commands

Since I have not found an Android command reference list (with meaning and usage of the command), I have some questions: Can I disable/enable 3G? Can I disable/enable bluetooth? Can I switch from ...
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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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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 ...