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I am trying to issue this command

adb shell "su -c echo 'boot-recovery' > /cache/recovery/command"
//OR//
adb shell "echo 'boot-recovery' > /cache/recovery/command"

outputs the same: /system/bin/sh: can't create /cache/recovery/command: Permission denied

I granted root permission for adb and i can run other commands with root normally like touch for example

I tried the command both ways when the file did and did not existed.

I tried checking for the existence of the file:

adb shell "if [ -f /cache/recovery/command ]; then echo "file found"; else echo "error"; fi"

it returned error even though the file does in fact exist

The Goal is to add a few lines to the recovery queue so the run the next time the device boots into recovery

Please correct me, I'm not so good at android command line, do I need to use a different command to achieve this goal?

More info: Android 8.1 (RR oreo) ... Magisk SU ... TWRP 3.2 (But need this to be compatible with as many android versions, recoveries, and su binaries as possbible .... I hope lol)

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adb shell 'su -c "echo \"boot-recovery\" > /cache/recovery/command"'
adb shell 'su -c "'"echo "boot-recovery" > /cache/recovery/command"'"' #Alternative
adb shell "su -c \"echo 'boot-recovery' > /cache/recovery/command\"" #Another alternative
adb shell 'su -c "'"echo "'"boot-recovery"'" > /cache/recovery/command"'"' #yet another alternative

That should work. I'm not sure why. This answer from codeforester might help you out if you're looking for a reason.

My take is that, in:

adb shell "su -c echo 'boot-recovery' > /cache/recovery/command"

adb shell launches a non-interactive shell, the double quotes are expanded , leaving

su -c echo 'boot-recovery' > /cache/recovery/command

However, in this, only echo 'boot-recovery' gets to be run with root privilege and the resulting output falls back to shell user (id=2000) which doesn't have the privilege to write into cache directory, hence the error.

Quoting everything after -c passes whole echo 'boot-recovery' > /cache/recovery/command instruction to su executable, and so, that does work.

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  • Thanks for the info .. how to avoid getting it in the hands of the user and keep it in root mode... are the 4 commands you wrote a solution? because they output the same Permission denied
    – Galacticai
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 20:15
  • I don't know why it outputs permission denied in your case. It works here. Does the shell/adb has permission to switch to root user in your superuser app?
    – Firelord
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 7:19
  • in magisk su it lets apps and adb have root access... I will try to play with another option related to owner/user/something root access
    – Galacticai
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 9:11
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    omg.. The 2nd one of your commands worked after i changed the Multi-user mode from Device Owner Only to User Independent... and now i opened the command file, it has "boot-recovery" in it (success) ..... It worked even tho powershell doesn't like it (it colors it wild)
    – Galacticai
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 9:18
  • Sorry for commenting a lot.. Now i tested it it does write to command but nothing happens when booting into recovery, so the main goal is not achieved
    – Galacticai
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 9:31
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For me, this worked:

adb shell "su -c 'boot-recovery > /cache/recovery/command'"

You start with a double quote before su -c. Then single quote for the command, a single quote after the command and close with a double quote.

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