How to explore Android device files under FreeBSD ?

RW rwmaillists at
Sun Jul 14 23:34:41 UTC 2019

On Sun, 14 Jul 2019 19:44:16 +0200
Polytropon wrote:

> 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"?

You shouldn't need to do that. "developer settings" is probably a

> 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.

There's no good reason to support that when MTP does it better and is
widely supported.

> 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.

You can do that, but some people prefer to do it wirelessly.

Most Android file managers support sftp (as well as ftp and ftps), but
I've never got any of them to work with FreeBSD. I get 

 sshd[77936]: error: PAM: Authentication error for <user> from 

It's strange because  FileZilla works from Windows, and I can get ssh
terminal access from Android and Windows. Username and password are
pure ASCII.

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

In my experience they haven't.

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