I tried to install F-Droid (0.91) as system app on Cyanogenmod 12. The installation succeed but after that the F-Droid icon disappears.

Of course i tried to restart more times, i tried also to reinstall F-Droid as standard app from an apk but it crasches when i try to start it... probably for a conflict.

Someone knows if i can try something, i.e. where i can try to find the executable?

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    Worth a try: Remove the .apk completely from your device (use e.g. TiBu to delete it), download the latest .apk from F-Droid, copy it to /system/app (or where it belongs to on Lollipop – I'm not sure if it must be in the "priv" folder instead; check where it's currently), then reboot. Let me know whether this worked out. – Izzy Jul 22 '15 at 13:19
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    @Izzy I tested your solution in my CM12 exactly, it works, and the .apk should be in /system/app since I see no reason for /system/priv-app. What's bugging me is TiBu just hung up (doing processing for eternity) when I tried to convert FDroid into a system app. May be TiBu isn't updated, I need to check. // And I think you should get your hands on Lollipop soon, since you end up relying on an under for your tries. :) – Firelord Jul 22 '15 at 17:19
  • And I forgot to mention that the latest F-Droid is v0.92 and 0.91. – Firelord Jul 22 '15 at 17:20
  • @Firelord Thanks for your confirmation! I just returned home, and promptly converted my comment to a full-fledged answer. And yes, the version number was the first thing I've noticed – just hving updated the app myself recently :) – Izzy Jul 22 '15 at 17:41

You can solve that as follows:

  1. Completely delete the old F-Droid app (e.g. uninstall using Titanium Backup)
  2. Get the latest .apk from F-Droid and put it on your device
    (either download directly with your Android web browser, or use adb push)
  3. Login to your device either via a app or using adb shell
  4. Obtain root privileges by executing the command su
  5. Make sure to have the /system partition mounted read-write

    mount -o remount,rw /system
  6. Now get the downloaded FDroid.apk to /system/app. Change to the directory you've downloaded/pushed it to and run:

    cp FDroid.apk /system/app
  7. Secure your /system partition again

    mount -o remount,ro /system
  8. Reboot

Now F-Droid should be available to you again. Enjoy the great pool of open source Android apps!

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    +1, but I ignored steps 3-7 and used a file explorer like ES Explorer to do the copy-paste. :) But yeah, that ro security is important. – Firelord Jul 22 '15 at 17:45
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    @Firelord Yes, I had that in mind – but preferred a more "generic" solution :) Your command adds the other option, so I'll give it a +1 as well :D – Izzy Jul 22 '15 at 19:46
  • It hasn't worked for me :( : adb shell shell@totoro:/ $ su root@totoro:/ # mount -o remount,rw /system root@totoro:/ # cd /mnt/sdcard/download/ root@totoro:/mnt/sdcard/download # cp FDroid.apk /system/app cp: can't create '/system/app/FDroid.apk': Read-only file system – pak0 Jul 23 '15 at 11:53
  • .... even after the mount command, when i check with cat /proc/mounts the path /system remains in read-only: /dev/block/mtdblock8 /system yaffs2 ro,seclabel,relatime 0 0 – pak0 Jul 23 '15 at 12:00
  • I'm pretty confused: if you cannot mount /system read-write, there's not much you can do – so you should first figure why that part fails (hint: check the logs, e.g. using logcat – see our logging tag-wiki for details if needed). – Izzy Jul 23 '15 at 13:52

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