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updated 2019-03-15 00:43:38 +0200

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i installed the vlc player which works fine but it if i create the link to the music folder on the sd-card vlc says the folder doesn't exist. No problem with QuasarMX to access the music folder on the sd-card.

I tried to add the folder /run/media/sdcard/ or /media/sdcard/ but always a notice "folder not found" from vlc. There is only the internal folder visible so i think, vlc (or other android apps) cannot see the sdcard


Sony Xperia XA2

Sailfish OS 3.0 Build

Device Adaption

VLC 3.1.0 loaded from Aptoide Store (from Marketplace)

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Hi, could you be a bit more specific e.g. what phone/OS version (Sailfish X for Xperia X or Xperia XA2-variants...or the mighty "old" Jolla1 or JollaC/IntexAF)? Have you encrypted your SD-card, what kind of card and format? I guess you use Android version of VLC-player, right? These infos would be helpful to help you :-)

Marti Masa K ( 2019-03-14 19:31:07 +0200 )edit

sorry Marti, just added the infos

francko ( 2019-03-14 20:29:28 +0200 )edit

i remember the same happening ... for me, symlinking individual files worked, but clearly thats not a solution!

pigg ( 2019-03-14 21:18:11 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-03-14 21:51:52 +0200

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updated 2019-03-14 21:52:57 +0200

This is due to the beta version of Sailfish X for Xperia XA2.

Aliendalvik Android™ support - General


No access to SD card.

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ok, no problem to wait until the official version of Sailfish X for Xperia XA2 is out. In the meantime the gallery plays the videos and QuasarMX deals with the music :-)

francko ( 2019-03-16 18:44:08 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-03-15 11:49:49 +0200

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What I do and works some years now, even when all other solutions like sympoblic link weren't working (currently my SailfishX is version Nurmonjoki - XperiaX):

I have a symbolic link from the actual mounted path of the SD ( /run/media/nemo/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXX ) to the /home/nemo/mysd . Not sure if it was automatically generated or I did it. If there isn't you can try create it using from terminal the following command:

ln -s /run/media/nemo/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXX /home/nemo/mysd

You only do that once, and it works after that for the same SD card. Replace the XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXX with the directory name you will find in the directory /run/media/nemo - or doing in terminal

mount | grep /dev/mmcblk1p1

Then, let's say you have the dir MOVIES in your SD-card and you want it appear in the android, run from command line:

mount -o bind /home/nemo/mysd/MOVIES/ /home/nemo/android_storage/sdcard/

if directory /home/nemo/android_storage/sdcard/ does not exist, create it.

Have in mind, android support must be up and running in order this to work.

You do that once every boot. I suppose you could make it happen automatically on every boot, but I prefer to do it manually (last phone uptime was ~130 days for me , so I am ok with that). This is how I do it:

I have installed the application "ShellEx" , I think it is in jolla store, and even it hasn't been updated for years, it still works! I created a shell script as the following:

    systemctl start aliendalvik.service

sh -c "echo ROOTPASS | devel-su -c  mount -o bind /home/nemo/mysd/MOVIES/ /home/nemo/android_storage/sdcard/ ; "

and then I created a command in ShellEx which I call this shell script. Keep in mind the above solution it is not very secure friendly (your root pass is saved in a bash script in your device), - I am aware of the risks and I am fine with that, but feel free to change the bash script so it can ask for root password in the fly - ShellEx supports that.

I find it simpler than terminal and run the command from there. Any other suggestions / improvements are welcome.

One limitation that I don't understand some years now: vlc can't see the full files bigger than 2.1~2.4 Gb. It plays it up to this limit it stucks. I don't know if it has to do with the way I do the above...

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