In my Bash shell, I have the packages: adb vs android-tools-adb as well as fastboot vs android-tools-fastboot.

For reference I am trying to root my device, and later use these tools to learn about how Android works etc.

What are the differences between the packages? Is each one a subset of the other?

  • May I recommend you a look into their corresponding tag-wikis: adb and fastboot? That should already answer your question. – Izzy Jan 24 '19 at 8:03
  • I looked at those, but there is no reference to the respective packages. – Deoxal Jan 24 '19 at 14:45
  • So you know the difference between adb and fastboot? I'd say the respective packages should match that – that the tools-adb package provides adb and the tools-fastboot package provides fastboot, and not vice versa. But reading your question again I just now realize: that's not what you're asking! What distri are you on? – Izzy Jan 24 '19 at 21:26
  • I am using the Ubuntu app from the Microsoft store. – Deoxal Jan 24 '19 at 23:59
  • Thanks for self-answering! Glad to see the mystery solved :) – Izzy Jan 25 '19 at 8:17

The shorter named packages, adb and fastboot are part of android-platform-system-core, and are minimal versions. Likewise, their longer named counterparts belong to android-tools, and are the full versions. apt show <package name> doesn't say much about their differences, except that the adb will break android-tools-adb. The same goes for fastboot.

This is the homepage for the longer named versions, but it makes no mention of fastboot.

The shorter versions' homepage is here.

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