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The shell is a piece of software that provides a command-line interface to the operating system. Use this tag for shell-specific issues; general command-line issues should use the 'command-line' tag instead. See the full tag wiki for other related tags.

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  • : about e.g. execute shell commands via adb shell
  • : general questions about command-line use
  • : about scripting of shell commands
  • : about automatizing shell commands using Tasker
  • : using a terminal app to execute shell commands


  • old Android versions used ash as system shell
  • some old aftermarket ROMs used sh as system shell
  • some aftermarket ROMs add as shell
  • : the system shell on Android 4+, Android-x86 2.2+, and some other ROMs

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