How to explore Android device files under FreeBSD ?

@lbutlr kremels at
Sun Jul 14 20:32:00 UTC 2019

> On 14 Jul 2019, at 11:44, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> 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”?

It is easier on a supported OS.

> 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.

Oh sure, Android COULD do this, but they have no motivation to do so.

> Why do manufacturers think it's okay to make things needlessly
> complicated?

The main reasons are 1) to squeeze money out of you or 2) incompetence. It is often difficult to tell which one is at play.

> I mean... I even got this working with an iPad

because it is easier on an iPad and the camera roll shows up as a mass storage device? (not on macOS, granted, but last time I did this (years ago) on a FreeBSD machine I plugged in the device, mounted it, copied the photos out of the DCIM folder, and dismounted it.

> , so
> why should an Android-based phone, where Android is usually considered
> "some kind of Linux”,

Isn’t it really Java running on a bare bare bare linux kernel? There’s no real linux there.

> 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.

Should? Perhaps. I don’t think it is though.

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