I want to do some android theming, but I have a question on what the best way is to set up the system.

I have 2 computers here at home. So i was thinking of having the following setup if that is possible.

One one computer I want to set up the whole android SDK plus eclipse and run a device in an emulator. And on the other I want to set everything up so I can push and pull from the other pc. The pc's are connected via ethernet.

Is this type of setup even possible?

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Yes. On your second PC, set the environment variable ADBHOST to the IP address of the first PC and run the adb server and client. Related steps (more detailed) are here.

Although you're not connecting to a physical device, it is apparently also possible to do so over the network without using USB. Instructions for that are here.

  • +1 Sounds great! I'm going to check out the links, and read in a little bit. Ill except when its all set up. Thanks for helping me so far. Jul 21, 2011 at 18:43

I'm not sure I understand the reason for the 2nd PC. You can push and pull from/to multiple android devices (emulators and physical handsets/tablets) connected to one machine via adb.

Command "adb devices" will return all of the connected physical devices as well as emulated ones, e.g.:

List of devices attached
emulator-5554   device
HT035P90XXXXX    device

Where "emulator-5554" is the emulator, and the other is a physical handset.

From there on you can target a specific device with adb's "-s [serial_no]" switch.

For example:

adb -s emulator-5554 shell


adb -s HT035P90XXXXX pull /system/app/Music.apk c:\

or any other adb command.

  • That emulator lags up my whole pc, it's easier for me to just have it on a separate system. Jul 21, 2011 at 19:55

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