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> Checking for a successful rooting
rodgos
post Mar 28 2019, 05:57 AM
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I've just re-flashed my Gemini for rooted Android. is there any way of checking that this is successful? The only quick way I can come up with is to open a terminal window and try su on the command line. This, however tells me that the is no su command. The other was to enter ls -l. This in a never, never area for that command. Here the return was 'permission denied' The re-flashing was wholly in accordance with the Planet re-flashing instruction sheet, and went though with no hitches.
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post Mar 28 2019, 09:28 AM
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I'm sure there is an easier way, but you could install the awesome termux which also gets you easy access to vim, emacs, apt and many other tools in a neat contained environment if you want them, and type "tsu" in the termux shell. If it prompts a graphical popup that termux wants root acess, and afterwards "whoami" returns root then you got root!
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post Mar 28 2019, 02:28 PM
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QUOTE(bloblo @ Mar 28 2019, 05:28 PM) *
I'm sure there is an easier way, but you could install the awesome termux which also gets you easy access to vim, emacs, apt and many other tools in a neat contained environment if you want them, and type "tsu" in the termux shell. If it prompts a graphical popup that termux wants root acess, and afterwards "whoami" returns root then you got root!



Ok, but the return was not the one you indicated. Entering 'tsu' in the termux shell resulted in a return that said "The program 'tsu' is not installed. Install it by executing: pkg install tsu"
I did this., and on entering 'tsu', I got "/data/data/com.termux/files/usr/bin/tsu: 139: exec: : Permission denied"

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post Apr 4 2019, 05:20 PM
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I did, finally find a way to determine whether you have, in fact, attained the desired Rooted Android. And rather odd it is too. I simply installed the Barclay's Mobile app, and opened it to set it up. if you're rooted it will tell you to go away. if not it will ask the salient questions to set it up. I'd have preferred something a little more made for the purpose, but, hey, it works! All I have to do now, is to find out how to use it. And that, I'm finding seems to be just as difficult. In case any suggests Magisk Manager, that's one of the areas I'm having difficulties with.
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post Apr 15 2019, 07:45 AM
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I did this., and on entering 'tsu', I got "/data/data/com.termux/files/usr/bin/tsu: 139: exec: : Permission denied"

Sorry, I forgot tsu is not installed by default. I think this "permission denied" would indicate you haven't rooted successfully, on a rooted device that always worked fine for me. (Please note you HAVE to get a dialog popup asking for root, if you don't then something is wrong) But glad you appear to have things figured it out!
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post Apr 17 2019, 04:10 PM
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Well, for the time being, I've decided to forget about rooting the Gemini, much though I'd like to have done it. Likewise for adding other OS's. I didn't like Sailfish. Much too flashy for my taste. I've tried Debian, before, on desktops and on the Pi, and didn't like that either. As an ex Sys Admin on UNIX, a properly installed Super User is an absolute must. I run Mageia on my desktop, as being the closest I can get to a proper system, and in that, I'm not happy with updates only requiring a user password. Also, marrying a standard Debian install, meant to run on a large monitor, onto the tiny screen of the Gemini, as good as it is, is a definite nono.
I really have given it a good try. Without exaggeration, I must have flashed my Gemini fifteen to twenty times with all sorts of combinations. Even to the extent of clearing all and every file from the loading PC and starting entirely from scratch. Apart from the very first installation, and that had it's own hangups and problems, not one of the installs has resulted in a successful conclusion. The actual flashing has always gone without problems, but it's the installation of Magisk Manager is where it all falls apart. Apart from the very first and finally successful installation the indicated popup with the message ""Requires Additional Setup" has never happened. Even in the only successful install. the popup did not appear for some time, perhaps half an hour, after Magisk Manager had been installed. That the rooting had in fact taken place, as I've indicated, by installing and opening the Barclay's Online app, worked every time I used it. Barclay's programmers, obviously knew how to detect a rooting operation, why is it seemingly beyond the scope of anyone else.?
I did try contacting Gemini Support, who got back to me commendably quickly, but my question as to how one progressed beyond the point where an expected popup did not popup, went largely unanswered, and information as to how to move from that point was totally absent.
So, I'm at present stuck with Googles multiplicity of unwanted apps, in an OS which has all the appeal, logic and nicety of an early DOS system.
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