Busybox for Android the Easy Way (just a quick hack)
This little package is designed to make your life easier if you are using the shell under an Android device. It includes a full-fledged Busybox environment that should make a fair replacement for the poor toolbox that comes with Android by default.
You can install it in two ways: if you are compiling Android yourself, then you can add this package to your repository and Busybox will replace the default Toolbox whenever possible. If you already have a deployed (and rooted!) Android device, you can deploy busybox on it.
Installing in your Android source tree
Simply add a 'local_manifest.xml' file (or edit the existing one) in the .repo directory located at the root of your Android source tree with the following lines:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <manifest> <remote name="busybox-android" fetch="git://github.com/Gnurou/"/> <project path="busybox-android" name="busybox-android" remote="busybox-android" revision="master"/> </manifest>
Then run "repo sync" and build your images normally.
Installing on an already-deployed Android device
Run the 'android-install.sh' script while your device is connected. This will remount the system partition read-write, copy busybox, and make the appropriate symlinks on your device. You will need adb in your path for this to work.
The files busybox-android.patch and busybox-android.config are a patch that allows ash history to work on Android and the configuration used to build Busybox, respectively. The busybox binary has been built statically against glibc - unfortunately, it seems impossible to build it against Android NDK.
Non-executable .sh scripts are not meant to be run directly by the user.
It should be pretty easy to recompile the binary yourself by following these steps:
- Get and install the latest GNU/Linux toolchain from [here] (http://www.codesourcery.com/sgpp/lite/arm/portal/subscription?@template=lite) (unless you already have a working toolchain installed). Make sure the binaries directory is in your PATH.
- Get and unpack the latest source for Busybox.
busybox-android.patchfrom the git repo to Busybox source if you want to be able to use the profile and history under Android.
busybox-android.configfrom the git into Busybox's source root and rename it to
.config. Edit it and make sure
CONFIG_CROSS_COMPILER_PREFIXis correctly set to your compiler's name.
makeand you should obtain the
Cleanup, proper configuration options and upstream integration, maybe?
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