Context: I've now spent more than 6 hours reading all articles / possible solutions I can find about the ".nomedia" file bug of Android 4+. See bug report here or also here or possible solution here. In short : for users with more than 10k media files on their microSD card (i have a 128 gb µSD!), the phone will be very hot at boot during 20 minutes / overheat / high cpu usage / fast battery drain ! Reason : Android 4+ doesn't care correctly about the ".nomedia" file like it did in Android 2.3, and the media scanner tries to browse all the files!

I'm looking for a workaround for this problem. Question :

Is it possible to remount a specific folder myfolder of my external SD card to /mypersonalfolder/ and hide it from /mnt/extSDcard/myfolder .


Is it possible, after boot, to chmod a specific folder from external SD card so that the media scanner won't be allowed to browse it?

I have a rooted Android 4.2.2

  • 1. Remounting will work, but hiding not. You may try to rename it to .myfolder (a dot indicates hidden) 2. chmod is not available on fuse, FAT or any other file system especially for external SD cards on Android (a custom kernel with explicit ext3/4 may work, but only when not using fuse) – GiantTree Jul 30 '16 at 1:21
  • .myfolder : already tried : doesn't work, the media scanner still parses it. 1. how to remount ? – Basj Jul 30 '16 at 1:24
  • depends, usually mount --bind /path/to/myfolder /path/to/mypersonalfolder. But remember, it's available at both locations. – GiantTree Jul 30 '16 at 1:27
  • @GiantTree : hum then... I'm stuck again... Here's what I need to do : /mnt/extSdCard available as usual to user uO_a26 (that owns the media scanner : android.process.media) but /mnt/extSdCard/myfolder NOT available to uO_a26 . – Basj Jul 30 '16 at 1:31
  • @GiantTree : Nota Bene: drwxrwxr-x system media_rw 2016-07-30 03:07 extSdCard – Basj Jul 30 '16 at 1:32

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