I have a folder I am trying to pull from my G3. Specifically system/etc/wifi/

When I pull that specific folder in adb it gives me an error

remote object 'system/etc/wifi' does not exist

But yet I can pull the entire etc and it copes all files and folders EXCEPT wifi.

The permission on the folder are rwxr-xr-x just like the rest of them.

Here is the output to prove that wifi is a folder and that I can pull from etc

C:\Users\Andrew\Desktop>adb shell
shell@g3:/ $ su
root@g3:/ # cd system/etc
root@g3:/system/etc # ls
More files/folders..
More files/folders..
root@g3:/system/etc # exit
shell@g3:/ $ exit

C:\Users\Andrew\Desktop>adb pull system/etc/ppp
pull: building file list...
pull: system/etc/ppp/ip-up-vpn -> ./ip-up-vpn
1 file pulled. 0 files skipped.
307 KB/s (5344 bytes in 0.016s)

C:\Users\Andrew\Desktop>adb pull system/etc/wifi
remote object 'system/etc/wifi' does not exist

Output of ls -l on system/etc/

drwxr-xr-x root root 2016-03-13 18:32 wifi

I can pull ppp just fine, but not wifi


Trying to move the folder to sdcard then pulling it

adb shell su -c "cp -R /system/etc/wifi /sdcard

adb pull /sdcard/wifi

C:\Users\Andrew\Desktop>adb pull /system/etc/wifi
remote object '/system/etc/wifi' does not exist

C:\Users\Andrew\Desktop>adb shell su -c "cp -R /system/etc/wifi /sdcard
cp: /sdcard: File exists

C:\Users\Andrew\Desktop>adb pull sdcard/wifi
remote object 'sdcard/wifi' does not exist

Why is this? and how can I pull this folder off. I have granted root permissions to adb.

  • When you try to pull etc alone, do you see any error when it attempts to download wifi directory?
    – Firelord
    Mar 16, 2016 at 19:58
  • @Firelord it skipped wifi, no mention of it at all Mar 16, 2016 at 20:03
  • I'm going to boot into TWRP and then go into adb to see if the running wifi process is causing this Mar 16, 2016 at 22:15
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    You might need an extra driver for Recovery mode. You could try this or Izzy's answer there if the G3 drivers don't include it. Mar 16, 2016 at 22:31
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    Pulling the folder from TWRP recovery worked! Mar 16, 2016 at 22:49

1 Answer 1


I want to post this answer for future reference in case anyone experiences this problem. I was unable to pull the folder system/etc/wifi/ using adb with root privileges until I booted into recovery.

I was using TWRP 3.0.0-0 and I was then able to access adb in TWRP and then pull the folder in question. I am unsure of why the folder was not pullable in the first place but pulling it from recovery works.

Commands successfully used in recovery

adb pull system/etc/wifi

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