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Mount MTP devices over FUSE

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Go-mtpfs is a simple FUSE filesystem for mounting Android devices as a
MTP device.

It will expose all storage areas of a device in the mount, and only
reads file metadata as needed, making it mount quickly. It uses
Android extensions to read/write partial data, so manipulating large
files requires no extra space in /tmp.

It has been tested on various flagship devices (Galaxy Nexus, Xoom,
Nexus 7).  As of Jan. 2013, it uses a pure Go implementation of MTP,
which is based on libusb.


* Install the Go compiler suite; e.g. on Ubuntu:

    sudo apt-get install golang-go

* Install libmtp header files

    sudo apt-get install libusb1-devel

* Then run

    mkdir /tmp/go 
    export GOPATH=/tmp/go
    go get

  /tmp/go/bin/go-mtpfs will then contain the program binary.

* You may need some tweaking to get libusb to compile.  See the
  comment near the top of usb/usb.go, ie.

    # edit to suit libusb installation:
    vi /tmp/go/src/
    go install

* A 32 and 64-bit linux x86 binaries are at


  mkdir xoom
  go-mtpfs xoom &
  cp -a ~/Music/Some-Album xoom/Music/
  fusermount -u xoom

After a file is closed (eg. if "cp" completes), it is safe to unplug
the device; the filesystem then will continue to function, but
generates I/O errors when it reads from or writes to the device.


* It does not implement rename between directories, because the
  Android stack does not implement it.

* It does not implement Event handling, ie. it will not notice changes
  that the phone makes to the media database while connected.


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