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SwordfishII
post Feb 13 2020, 10:09 AM
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As you may know, yesterday PC released the beta Linux and Rooted Android image. I installed both of those yesterday but I have a few questions before I mess with it.

Currently the boot loader only allows you to install rooted android and linux in boot 3 and 4 so your boot loader looks like this:

1. Android
2. Other recovery (if installed)
3. Linux or rooted Android
4. Linux or rooted Android


My questions are these:

1. Does the rooted android install another full android image or just a boot image with root access that basically symlinks to the normal android distribution?

Looking at the files from pc it doesn't look like a full android image (but I could be wrong). The linux image looks to be about 3GB which is about right for a linux full image.

I would like to remove a bunch of stuff (A lot of PC's preinstalled stuff, youtube, movies app etc). If it is a symlink I would be purging stuff from the normal android install. I am a bit concerned about breaking stuff and not being able to get back to full functionality since there is no recovery image yet. If it is a full rooted android install I am not concerned as I can simply reflash the rooted image if I break something.

Which brings me to question 2

2. If there are two full android images, normal and rooted, is there and will there ever be a way to remove/replace the normal android image?

Obviously I will likely only use the rooted and tailored image and don't need or want to take up space with the normal image once things settle out. I understand you can root the stock android but I am hesitant to do so because 1. There is no recovery image 2. It cant take OTA without flashing again then flashing back.

I have rooted and modified many phones in my time, but this is different because there aren't many cosmos and there are currently no real images aside from the PC provided ones so I am a bit more leary.

Appreciate any help
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klampfenfreak
post Feb 13 2020, 10:52 AM
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Where can I find the rooted Android image, please?

QUOTE(SwordfishII @ Feb 13 2020, 10:09 AM) *
As you may know, yesterday PC released the beta Linux and Rooted Android image. I installed both of those yesterday but I have a few questions before I mess with it.

Currently the boot loader only allows you to install rooted android and linux in boot 3 and 4 so your boot loader looks like this:

1. Android
2. Other recovery (if installed)
3. Linux or rooted Android
4. Linux or rooted Android


My questions are these:

1. Does the rooted android install another full android image or just a boot image with root access that basically symlinks to the normal android distribution?

Looking at the files from pc it doesn't look like a full android image (but I could be wrong). The linux image looks to be about 3GB which is about right for a linux full image.

I would like to remove a bunch of stuff (A lot of PC's preinstalled stuff, youtube, movies app etc). If it is a symlink I would be purging stuff from the normal android install. I am a bit concerned about breaking stuff and not being able to get back to full functionality since there is no recovery image yet. If it is a full rooted android install I am not concerned as I can simply reflash the rooted image if I break something.

Which brings me to question 2

2. If there are two full android images, normal and rooted, is there and will there ever be a way to remove/replace the normal android image?

Obviously I will likely only use the rooted and tailored image and don't need or want to take up space with the normal image once things settle out. I understand you can root the stock android but I am hesitant to do so because 1. There is no recovery image 2. It cant take OTA without flashing again then flashing back.

I have rooted and modified many phones in my time, but this is different because there aren't many cosmos and there are currently no real images aside from the PC provided ones so I am a bit more leary.

Appreciate any help
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klampfenfreak
post Feb 13 2020, 05:46 PM
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Oh, already found it in the cosmo_linux downloaded zip file.

Is there a way to make an image from my actually non-rooted android installation? I launched the recovery menue and selected the OS installation menue. But then I get the message that I have to partitioning first to get that free space.
How can I flash TWRP or root-boot.img to make a full dump without loosing my data?
The idea is to dd my actually android installation into an image, prepare and formate the required partitions, install linux and android (rooted and non-rooted, provided there are two full android images) an than flash back the full backup.


Can you step me thrue this, please?
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Vistaus
post Feb 16 2020, 02:41 AM
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Maybe a dumb question, but can you install OTA updates from the official rooted Android (not the unofficial one posted on this forum) or do you need to boot into the unrooted Android? (perhaps a Gemini owner knows the answer?)
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ianisthewalrus
post Feb 16 2020, 02:31 PM
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yes, i too would be very interested in a way to get the root without wiping my current install... maybe there is a way to backup, install root, and restore on top of that? wishful thinking?
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SwordfishII
post Feb 17 2020, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE(ianisthewalrus @ Feb 16 2020, 02:31 PM) *
yes, i too would be very interested in a way to get the root without wiping my current install... maybe there is a way to backup, install root, and restore on top of that? wishful thinking?


Someone posted another thread on how to partition without losing data. Partitioning is the only thing that wipes data.

The rooted android is basically only a rooted boot image that symlinks to the unrooted android.
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