I've seen plenty of tutorials related to installing applications directly to the sd card instead of using internal memory but none relate to using linux as a method to tweak the system and I'm not managing to understand it by myself. I have android studio installed and consequently the sdk and development tools aswell as my device is in developer mode but I'd like to understand what I should do next to directly install into the sd card.

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    I don't understand what the problem is. You don't need a Linux-specific tutorial: the dev tools work exactly the same way on all three desktop OSes.
    – Dan Hulme
    Aug 23, 2014 at 8:32

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It is as simple as running adb install -s someapp.apk. However, the app should be ready to run from external storage.

adb resides in the path to ADT/sdk/platform-tools directory.

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