How to explore Android device files under FreeBSD ?

Polytropon freebsd at
Sun Jul 14 18:09:14 UTC 2019

On Sun, 14 Jul 2019 01:34:46 +0200, Kjell Tore Ullavik wrote:
> One simple way is to just install and start a ftp-server app on your phone.

On Sat, 13 Jul 2019 19:36:08 -0400, Vlad D. Markov wrote:
> I gave up on connecting via cabling. I installed an app that made
> my phone an ftp server then I ftped the files onto my computer.

Why doesn't it seem to occur to people that this sounds entirely wrong?
It's not that it is impossible, or doesn't work - but shouldn't it be
much easier to copy _your_ photos from _your_ phone without requiring
a 3rd party app, registering for a crappy cloud service, or mess with
"developer settings"?

In my opinion, it should be as easy as attaching the USB cable and
then immediately having access to a direct access mass storage, as
per the standard. Mount it, copy your files, unmount it, done. No
need for apps and cloud nonsense. Of course, using an MTP interface
is also easy, and with GUI tools like gtkam, access is super easy.
It should work that way by default, with cable.

Why do manufacturers think it's okay to make things needlessly
complicated? I mean... I even got this working with an iPad, so
why should an Android-based phone, where Android is usually considered
"some kind of Linux", force you to do annoying things? I think with
the tools available on FreeBSD, it should be possible to get images
copied from an Android phone without much messing with that phone.

Magdeburg, Germany
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