Questions tagged [command-line]

A "command line" is a text interface to enter commands interactively. In our context, it usually means a "Unix Shell" in a terminal app, or the ADB shell on a computer to interact with an Android device.

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Get package name of an app given its displayed name using ADB commands

I'm trying to: Get the package names of all apps on my device (none of them are mine so sadly I can't get it from the Manifest) and put it into a file to save for a class project. I also want to get ...
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Cause and solution of “Error: Unknown operation string: <OP>”

First of all, the following command works perfectly fine on Android 5.1.1 (CM, PA and Tesla ROM builds): adb shell su -c 'appops set android SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW deny' The said command blocks Android ...
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How do I screen pin an app in Android Lollipop using command-line?

I'm aware that I can go to Settings → Security → Screen pinning → On, and then tap Overview → touch the pin icon on the app listed there and it would be pinned, effectively putting ...
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On Android can I write scripts (similar to Win .bat files) to combine several command line commands?

On Windows, I can run two commands using a .bat file. How can I achieve the same thing on Android For example: update my podcasts by calling pcastclient /updateALL force sync of my pictures ...
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TTS speech from console

Can I synthesize arbitrary text strings with TTS from the Android's console? To give the idea, on Debian I would do: festival --tts <(echo Buongiorno signore) The TTS engine needs to be always ...
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Error “Function not implemented” when creating symbolic link

I'm trying to execute this command busybox ln -s "mydir/" "$PWD"/mylink in order to create a symbolic link from mydir; that, I am receiving the following error ln: /mnt/shell/emulated/0/mylink: ...
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How do I install missing command line tools onto an Android device?

Android installations do not always have all the tools one would expect to have on a Unix-like system. For example, right now I have a problematic device which doesn't have find CLI utility. I mean, ...
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Where should I install Toybox?

I own a rooted Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G running stock Android 4.1.2. If you have Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" or better, then you have Toybox. This is a package of command-line tools, handy for ...
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Using command-line to boot into primary and secondary ROM of MultiROM

I've a OnePlus One with unlocked bootloader, modified TWRP v2.8.6, unofficial MultiROM v32k, MultiROM Manager v1.186, Cyanogen OS 12 as primary and several Android 5.1 secondary ROMs. I don't have any ...
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android command line shell

I have a Nokia X running Android 4.4.4 and I have Terminal Emulator and Busybox 1.24 installed but I can't still find some useful commands to perform several operations with the command line interface....
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Acquire Android image using flash drive OTG

In Linux, the dd command is used to pull the image from the smartphone to computer. And of course, the smartphone need to be rooted before the dd command launched. Is there any specific command or ...
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Why does Terminal Emulator for Android has completely different commands comparing to GNU/Linux?

I installed Terminal Emulator for Android hoping I could easily get root access,install apps via terminal etc.So,thinking Android is a Linux distribution,I felt that it must have a terminal emulator (...
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How can I install e2fsprogs on my device?

My phone has the "Monkey Test" virus and there is solution in here, but when I try to execute this command: chattr -iaA providerCertificate.apk I receive the error "chattr : not found". I found a ...
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How to delete a file (e.g. malware app) that cannot be even removed with root access?

I have root access in my device, but there is a malware in /system/app/ that I can't delete. This malware installs TimeService, MonkeyTest, and also some other apps like DR battery and privacy guard, ...
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Getting mount's usage suggestion when attempting /system remount [duplicate]

I'm trying to remount system on a rooted Samsung GT-S6102 running Android 2.3.6: # mount -o rw,remount,rw /system Usage: mount [-r] [-w] [-o options] [-t type] device directory This is exactly like ...
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Command to list partitions? [duplicate]

I want to list the partitions on my phone - system, boot, recovery etc. What terminal command should I use? The mount command just lists mount points.
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Using the Cerberus shell to input commands

I'd like to use the Cerberus shell to input commands like taps, swipes, and text. I know how to do it using the command line and ADB shell, but I don't have USB debugging enabled on my Nexus6, so I'm ...
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Check OpenSSL version in Android with Java runtime or shell command

I have a problem with checking OpenSSL version in Android device. I've tried to grep OpenSSL from system/lib/libssl.so with java runtime.exec, but it doesn't work? Anyone can help me, how to make a ...
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ADB- Cannot get the Path variable to work for ADB

I am unable to execute ADB from CMD after adding it to the Path Variable. I am able to launch it from the folder when I open a Command Prompt there. But I am unable to launch ADB straight from CMD ...
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Enable bluetooth tethering via command line

Is there a way to activate the bluetooth tethering mode in Lollipop using the command line? You can do it for usb tethering by running the command service call connectivity 30 i32 1 Is there a similar ...
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DNSCrypt error: could not load library “libsodium.so”, on Asus Zenfone 2 running Android 5.0

I tried installing DNSCrypt on my Asus Zenfone 2 device. But when I try to run it it gives me this: root@Z008_1:/ # dnscrypt enable Enabling dnscrypt... iptables: No chain/target/match by that name. ...
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How do you capture video from the command-line on an Android device?

How do you capture video from the camera on command-line of a rooted Android mobile device?
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How do I get list of all application packages together with their activity label from adb shell?

Sometimes I have a trouble matching application's package name in /data/data/ or /data/app/*.apk with the user-friendly activity label I see in GUI. How do I list application packages together with ...
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Enable On-screen navigation in CM12 (Lollipop) using shell?

Device: OnePlus One (OPO); running CM12, is rooted, and has Xposed Framework installed. I need to enable On-screen navigation (it disables Hardware (HW) keys and shows soft keys at the screen; like ...
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How do i open a text file from a terminal window from within the android gui

I'm trying to open a text file from within a terminal window emulator -- but not so it opens in the actual terminal but more like I've just clicked on it. So my question is: What command can I use to ...
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find command says: unknown group XYZ

This question is the next part of this question. I'm trying to use find command (Android 4.2.1; Busybox installed, have root access) to list files owned by a specific group under /, but every time I ...
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How to launch apps from terminal

In linux I like to launch the applications from the terminal. Most of the time it is the fast way to launch apps especially on repeated use. In android there are good launcher like Fast app search ...
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Ngrok (compiled for Arm5) crash on android: can't find core dump files!

I downloaded Ngrok which I want to install on a old HTC Hero [the project is to transform the phone in a ipcam, reachable behind a NAT network], so I chose the version compiled for Arm5. You can find ...
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How do I display message from from `adb shell` (or a shell script)?

I expect it to be something like adb shell am start SomethingArcane ... "Hello, world" and the message box pops up on screen, saying "Hello, world".
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HTC Desire - phone's dead

I was trying my application on HTC Desire when I realized there was a problem with the app so I force stop it. Next thing is the screen freezed - HTC white welcome screen. I tried rebooting several ...
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How can I change preferred network type through a script (or terminal command)

I'm currently attempting to create a workaround for a problem that is plaguing a ROM that I'm using. While my phone and ROM are capable of using LTE, and use it perfectly fine, the "preferred network ...
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Tar.gz not working (Segmentation fault) on ext4 partition

I have a strange problem with tar gz compression. I used to have SD card mounted as a fat32 partition. However, now I changed it so that external sdcard is being mounted under /data/media/0 and is ...
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Toggling USB mass storage on (or off) via adb commands

Background: I have a USB stick Android device (e.g. RikoMagic) which I mostly run in "headless" mode. Among other things, I've already figured out how to shut it down via a combination of adb and the ...
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Which WiFi-Direct commands can be used in Android?

I am interested to know what commands can be used in Android to control WiFi direct from the terminal/command line. I took a look into p2p WIFI direct but I didn't catch these commands!! I can find ...
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ERRORLEVELs in adb push and pull

I need to execute adb commands from DOS batch files, but I need to know if the push and pull commands were successful. Do these commands return an ERRORLEVEL, or some other environment variable to ...
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where can I find man page for top

I have a bugreport file containing output from (as it says) top -n 1 -d 1 -m 30 -t The -m option is not known on my ubuntu linux, wo where can I find the android man page for the top command? I don'...
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CLI commands in android?

Since Android is linux, cant i use standard linux commands inside android? I know there are applications that allow for a "Command Line Interface" (CLI). I also imagine that adb would provide access ...
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Please explain this weird response to adb command

127|root@android:/ # find / -iname "aaengine" find: /proc/19619: No such file or directory I dont know why I got told about some file I never known about when trying ...
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How to execute a file via adb command line?

I am trying to root my Motorola Xoom. Root checker pro currently tells me that "Executing this file can grant root access!" So I want to try that. the file is located in system/bin and is called su. ...
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Set Default Keyboard without having to long hold text input? [duplicate]

So I have successfully installed a new keyboard and enabled it in settings > keyboard and languages. I have been able to set it to the default keyboard by doing a long press on an input field and ...
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Is there a way to launch app via terminal in the background?

Is there a command to launch an app via terminal and have it start in the background? Something like the "&" in Linux...
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Sending linux commands over serial

I have a question about being able to send Linux commands over a serial connection to an Android device. I have heard of putty and tried to use it, but i am ultimately lost with it. Like if I was in ...
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Pull or backup only the contacts from Android

My phone is on a bootloope _ soft bricked. I have managed to detect it via adb on recovery mode. So now I want to know the exact command to pull contacts first from the phone to my pc. Is this ...
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how to install command line programs

How to i install binaries on my non-rooted tablet i have the terminal application called Terminal IDE and i followed the instructions, i put my compiled binary in the folder local/bin/. I comiled a C ...
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get webpages from command line

How can I get the contents of a webpage from the command line? On my mac I use the curl command, but there is no such command for the android command line. what command do I use?
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How to use Android modem without using PC

I have rooted my mobile. I wanted to use modem of Android phone without connecting to PC. How to give AT commands without connecting to PC, because in http://atinout.sourceforge.net/, it is suggesting ...
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How can I easily copy files from an Android device to a computer wirelessly via command line?

I need to copy jpegs from an Android phone's sdcard to a computer, ideally through command line (/storage/sdcard1/*.jpg to a remote location) I've tried Izzy's solution from this post like so: scp -...
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netcat listening on nexus 4 doesn't seem to respond

I have a Nexus 4 on my wifi network along with a laptop. I would like to establish a connection using netcat from my laptop to my phone. On my phone, I can run uname -a | nc <LAPTOP IP> <...
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How do I invoke “su” from a terminal prompt?

I can get a root prompt in the terminal by running one exploits documented elsewhere. (e.g. here: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/Motorola_Droid_2_Global:_Full_Update_Guide) At this point, I can ...
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how to run a specific app's action via terminal?

I need to run my android app from a remote computer via SSH, but I'm not a command-line expert, so I would like to know: how to run a specific action of an app? (not just open it) Which implies: how ...