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Installing Android App Through Terminal

My wife recently upgraded from her Sprint HTC Touch to the new Samsung Epic 4G. So it was perfect opportunity to turn her HTC Touch into a small Android tablet for the kids. I had originally figured out how to install Android 2.1 on the HTC Touch, so that was a piece of cake. However, after installing it, I found that it didn't come with an usable file manager; the ASTRO file manager that came with it had expired. The only option left was to use the "Terminal Emulator" app.

Through the web, I found that system apps are installed in "/system/app", while non-system apps are installed in "/data/app". I had a backup copy of AppMonster on the SD Card, so if I could figure out how to install it into Android using the Terminal, everything will work out. I tried the "install" command in Terminal and found it to exist and executable. So I attempted to install the "AppMonster 0.7.2.apk" with it.

Unfortunately, the build in keyboard couldn't generate digits into the Terminal Emulator command-line. I was baffled at this problem. But I so found that I can set up initial commands for Terminal Emulator. To get there:

Terminal Emulator -> Menu Options -> Preferences -> Initial command

I sat-up the initial commands with the following commands all on one line:

cd sdcard/appmanager; su -c install "AppMonster 0.7.2.apk" /data/app/appmonster.apk

That did the trick. After restarting Terminal Emulator, the commands were executed. Back in Android home, I found AppMonster installed. I was able to use it to install my backup of the "ES File Explorer". I highly recommend this file manager as it doesn't expire like the others. Now I'm in the process of installing "Angry Birds"!

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:16:29 +0000

I have been trying a recent FroYo installation on my XV6900, and it works ok, except I have not found a button/way to open settings at the system level or for any app. I followed your link for the buttons' functions, but see that one is omitted. Just how did you get into the term emulator "Menu Options" settings?


Sun, 07 Aug 2011 19:27:13 +0000

I believe the Menu button is emulated with the on/off button on the top of the phone.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 07 Aug 2011 20:26:38 +0000

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