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Android 4.2 Directory structure
« on: November 20, 2012, 09:17:46 PM »
I needed to bind directories using my USB flash drive as a source, and my "external" sdcard as a target. 

This was straightforward in OS 4.1.1 and 4.1.2.  Despite fuse directory structure and symlinks creating multiple paths to sdcard, I could simply bind /sdcard/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro (S) to /sdcard/iBird_Pro (T).

In OS 4.2, this all changed.  Only one path reads my source target files.  I have to use /mnt/shell/emulated/0/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro (S) to /sdcard/iBird_Pro (T).

Following are the unsuccessful symlinks and fuse paths that don't work as the source.
/mnt/sdcard/iBird_Pro
/data/media/0/iBird_Pro
/sdcard/iBird_Pro
/storage/sdcard0/iBird_Pro
/storage/emulated/0/iBird_Pro

So, to reiterate, the only true path to your sdcard in Android 4.2 is:
/mnt/shell/emulated/0/.  The extra subdirectory path takes me to my USB flash drive, nominally in sdcard/usbstorage/sda1.

n.b. I haven't tested the directory bind yet, but the /mnt/shell/emulated/0/sdcard/usbstorage/sda1 path is the only one that lets me read files off my flash drive.  Also note the 0 in the path will vary on a multiuser device.  It will be a 1 if you're the second user, a 2 if you're the third user, etc.

Hope this helps the rest of you who will be confronting the mysteries of Android 4.2.

Bird
« Last Edit: November 20, 2012, 09:40:42 PM by birdastrompgman »


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Re: Android 4.2 Directory structure
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2012, 09:59:40 PM »
Just for the record. For a retired west coast dude, some of your posts party way too hard for me. I am way behind the curve.

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Re: Android 4.2 Directory structure
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 12:31:58 AM »
bjs, what can I say?  It's not drugs, so I  guess I'm an eccentric geek ;)

It gets stranger.  I tried the directory bind, and it didn't see any source directory contents.  I'd done the first test (1) with ES File Explorer.  So I tried a second test (2) with Root Explorer and got different results.  Then I tried another test (3) with ES File Explorer again.  The results with numbers worked.  The ones with Xs didn't.  The ? means I didn't try that path during that test.  Directory Bind will tell the truth, but it didn't work with the one path that worked with both file explorers.

1 2 3 /mnt/shell/emulated/0/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
X 2 X /mnt/sdcard/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
X X X /data/media/0/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
X 2 X /sdcard/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
X 2 3 /storage/sdcard0/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
X X 3 /storage/emulated/0/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
? 2 3 /storage/emulated/legacy/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
Edit: None of the paths worked with Directory Bind! I'm not sure what to do next.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2012, 01:12:12 AM by birdastrompgman »
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Re: Android 4.2 Directory structure
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012, 12:50:15 AM »
I'm playing with you brother. I enjoy you as part of the family here. That's for sure. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
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Re: Re: Android 4.2 Directory structure
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 08:57:22 AM »
bjs, have a happy Thanksgiving holiday yourself. You are a valuable family member, too.

Directory Bind gave the following results.

/mnt/shell/emulated/0/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro stopped at /mnt/shell

/mnt/sdcard/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro got to sda1, but saw no flash drive contents.

/data/media/0/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro stopped at /data

/sdcard/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro got to sda1, but saw no flash drive contents. 

/storage/sdcard0/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
/storage/emulated/0/usbstorage/sda1/I Bird
/storage/emulated/legacy/usbstorage/sda1/iBird_Pro
all got to sda1, but saw no flash drive contents.

I upgraded to Stickmount Pro, but it didn't help.

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Re: Android 4.2 Directory structure
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 02:52:19 AM »
Semi-success. I was able to bind my directories by making the source /storage/emulated/0/usbStorage/sdb1/iBird_Pro, and the target /sdcard/iBird_Pro. There's a quirky aspect of Stickmount that keeps Directory Bind from seeing the source directory on first mount (when it's sda1),but it works on second mount (when it's sdb1).

There's still a problem with the apps not finding the data, but I'm getting closer. The directory binding works correctly, and I was even able to use the Directory Bind program to transfer the data files automatically from target to source directories.

Now the problem is that all four of my data-hog apps don't find their data files, despite the current linking. I'm sure it's something lost in the tangled web of emulations, symlinks, and fuses that 4.2 introduced.

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« Last Edit: November 25, 2012, 10:42:25 AM by birdastrompgman »
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Re: Android 4.2 Directory structure
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2012, 01:43:29 PM »
Second mount is the charm. Hopefully you are the only user.

 


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