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Android apps do not recognize symlinks?

asked 2016-10-29 03:04:15 +0300

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updated 2016-11-04 10:43:02 +0300

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I am trying to use a symlink to save pictures generated by an android app in the /home/nemo/android_storage/Pictures/AndroidApp onto the external SDcard.

However when selecting save image in android app nothing happens. When i replace the symlink by a regular folder it saves the image again.

save image android usecase

Symlink to external SD folder

In the file explorer when i select the symlink by hand it goes to the SD card specified pictures folder just fine.

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answered 2016-11-03 18:43:13 +0300

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updated 2016-11-04 00:40:29 +0300

Found the answer:

I believe allowing android apps to read symlink defined folder would actually be more secure then remounting the SD card and alllowing all content be read by all android apps.

Here is the proposed solution on github, however the bash nano command cannot be found when i enter it in the terminal, the other question where do i save files .sh and .service?

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you have to install it first -> pkcon install nano

lakutalo ( 2016-11-04 09:51:46 +0300 )edit

@lakutalo thanks i got nano installed, in the GitHub instructions i replaced UUID with my SD card mount ID, i have no luck with the procedure, Android still wont recognize when creating a symlink from android_storage to the external SD card, any other fields that need to be customized in the procedure?

I rebooted the phone too.

DarkTuring ( 2016-11-05 05:19:51 +0300 )edit

If you want to integrate your sd into Android this link might be quite useful for you:

lakutalo ( 2016-11-05 14:22:06 +0300 )edit

@lakutalo that looks good ill try the Jolla C instructions and hope theyll work for the Turing Phone.

DarkTuring ( 2016-11-07 01:20:53 +0300 )edit
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