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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How to get to know via command-line/adb where boot process hangs?

Question: (How) is it possible to get to know via adb where exactly a booting-up android device is hanging? My problem/ background information: I recently did changes on the automatic display ...
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When using a terminal emulator why are there so many normal Linux commands that do not work?

There are a lot of standard Linux commands that do not work from a Terminal Emulator in Android. I thought Android is based on the Linux kernel, but it lacks so many functions, like man groups find ...
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Is it normal for a USB OTG converter to show in lsusb

When running lsusb (not as root) with an OTG adapter plugged in without anything plugged into it I get : u0_a83@flounder:/ $ lsusb Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 ...
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Why 'am start PACKAGE' cannot launch some apps and shows an error?

I keep having an error trying to start some apps using am start command. It works for many, but for some apps I get the same error mentioned below: #adb shell am start com.amazon.venezia Starting: ...
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How to restart a system app from the command line?

After deploying a new APK for a system app, is there a way to restart the app process without rebooting the device? Non-system apps are managed with the Activity Manager through the am command. There ...
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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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How do I investigate the memory Usage?

I've a Micromax A74 with (rooted) Android 4.2.2. Recently I've faced the crashing of some application and started to analyze the usage of RAM. Settings>Apps>Running is not helpful: Sometimes I found ...
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Trigger Setup Wizard at next boot using command-line

I am looking for a way to use ADB to trigger Setup Wizard at next boot. I know I can run the following command and get it to pop up. However, I can't figure out what triggers it to start at boot. adb ...
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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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Turn on USB debugging using command-line

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and a PC running Debian 8. How can I turn on USB debugging using command-line on my PC without touching the phone?
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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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Error: “Operation not permitted”, when attempting to remove su binary placed by KingoRoot

I rooted my P8-Lite ALE-L21 (Android 5.0.1) with supersu.zip through TWRP recovery. After that I installed KingoRoot and KingoRoot replaced su binary with some other su binary which is obsolete for ...
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How to send a variable value to and receive it in a task?

I've a OnePlus One with rooted Cyanogen OS 12 and Tasker v4.8. I've a bash script in PC which when exiting requires a Tasker's task to be executed. I've seen the question Running a tasker task via ...
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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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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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pm hide VS pm disable — the identity crisis

What's the need of pm disable when pm hide already does its job? I've compiled some information based on my search and research: click here to see the table (edited). As you can see, pm hide can ...
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Use of the -i argument in fastboot command-line?

I was planning to flash a custom recovery in my Yu Yuphoria. So I searched for it on Google, and found a download link along with a written tutorial. I'm acquainted with the fastboot commands, so I ...
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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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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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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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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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How to check my phone hardware specs on Android terminal emulator

I was wondering if there is a command to check the hardware specs of my phone. I just installed the Android terminal emulator. I've tried the 'lshw' but it does not work. Thanks in advance.
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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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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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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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Disable touchscreen input via console

I'm looking for a way to disable and enable the phone's touchscreen via console, and possibly the physical buttons, so to prevent finger touches from being processed. The phone is a Samsung Galaxy ...
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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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How can I find which apps/packages reference a given permission using command line?

Given some permission tld.developer.app.permission.PERMISSION how can I use adb/root shell to find all the installed packages that define/depend on it? The permissions are defined in the manifest ...
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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 to permanently disable mediaserver service?

I am trying to permanently disable the notorious power hogging mediascanserver or mediaserver (whatever it's better known) service on a rooted Jiayu S3. Here are my ADB commands: su pm disable com....
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Fastboot poweroff command

Is there a way to shutdown my Mate7 from fastboot? Long pressing the power button makes the phone restart again. I need to shut it down so I can recharge it then restore to stock.
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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 to change “Preferred Network Mode” using adb without reboot?

I'm trying to change my phone's (CM 12, Stock 4.2, both rooted) preferred network mode from "GSM/WCDMA" (0) to "WCDMA only" (2) and vice versa (there can be other modes too), using command-line only. ...
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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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How to run a script on a rooted android device?

We recently deployed a lot of android devices internally for displaying customized web page only. Device: RKM MK902 OS: Android 4.4.2 Rooted Wifi radius 8021x Dolphin browser with kiosk mode and tab ...
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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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command on adb waits forever

I can successfully execute ADB commands, but if the command has no output the command line just waits there and does not let me enter a new command until I press ctrl-c, the commands do work however. ...
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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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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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Update Android SDK Platform Tools via Command line

I want to write a script to update the Android SDK platform tools and I need the command if available to run in order to achieve this. What I have found is that I can use the Android command under the ...
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How to list all major partitions with their labels?

I want to figure out all partitions on my device together with their resp. mount points or labels (i.e. to know which partition is holding system, recovery, boot, etc.). This needs to be device ...
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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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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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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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Need one-line adb shell su push & pull to access /data from Windows batch file

I've been struggling for two days. Hope for help here. I wrote a Windows batch file that replaces Amazon lockscreen ads with user images on rooted kindle fire hd 7", 2013 (kfsowi). Just learned I ...