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AlanSecker 02-12-2013 05:15 PM

Mounting Android on Linux
I would like to mount my smartphone on Linux so that I can download from my computer. Has there been any progress in this direction?

Kustom42 02-12-2013 05:17 PM

Before we go down the direction you are asking, you don't have an ASUS motheboard by any chance do you? If so this is extremely easy with their built in DLNA media server and Android apps. Otherwise, have you tried plugging your usb cord in and seeing if you can just mount it?

AlanSecker 02-13-2013 05:38 AM

Idiotically, I forgot to say that I was running Mageia Linux 2 and on an Asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard. I know nothing about Asus' DLNA Media server is that a compatible application?

To be a (a bit more) specific. If I plug in the Galaxy S3 by its USB lead, the system sees it but cannot get to the underlying directories and files. As I understand it the kernel that I am using doesn't support the file system used by Android which is designed for solid state storage as opposed to hard drives. My question should really have been, has an appropriate module yet been introduced into the kernel.

rng 02-13-2013 06:50 AM

Files can be transferred using bluetooth. Perhaps you want to mount the device as a partition.

AlanSecker 02-13-2013 06:59 AM

Not so easy. I am using a desktop with no bluetooth adapter.
To mount the device as a partition, linux needs to 'know' its file system type. That was really the point of my question.

rng 02-13-2013 07:18 AM

Do you have a sdcard also in phone? That may get mounted separately and more easily (likely to be fat32).

michaelk 02-13-2013 07:31 AM

A quick google search shows that the S3 only uses MTP and therefore can not be mounted as standard USB storage device. I also found this bug which includes some links that might help you access the device.

rng 02-13-2013 10:22 AM

I found these links on google. I am not sure if you have seen these or if they can be helpful:

AlanSecker 02-14-2013 07:13 AM

Sadly not. The Samsung file system isn't on anything (or much) yet for example.

I have found some code that needs configuring etc but there are dependency issues
that I am trying to overcome with help from the community. It was aimed at Ubuntu
systems so getting it to work under Mageia adds to the burden.

If I get it to go, I'll report back here but "I wouldn't hold your breath" as they say.
Thanks for trying to help though.

michaelk 02-14-2013 07:37 AM

It does not matter what file system the S3 uses since it can not be mounted as a typically USB storage device.

People running Ubuntu claim it works for S3s...

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