Tips & Tricks on Android

Friday, February 20, 2009

cp on Android

The Android Dev Phone (and G1, by extension) does not have the cp command in the adb shell prompt. Since you can compile and run C code on the phone, you could in theory also compile the cp program but that's probably a stretch. Alternatively, you can:
cat source_file > dest_file

This works because the phone has a full-featured shell which supports stream redirection.


  1. You can use also dd if=source_file of=dest_file. Redirection support is not needed.

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  3. how would you copy recursively a complete directory ?

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  5. I have faced problems using cat to copy files. dd seems to be a safer option.

    Thanks for the tip Hector!

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