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I wanted to start a thread to post ASE scripts. They support three different languages and while gscript is amazing, this seems to have a lot of availability for saving the time of making entire programs for one or two functions that don't need an entire UI. Plus they can run after you close ASE, so its not a once and done environment. I would like to compile scripts here to make them easy to find.

Mods: This is not a build related topic, it spans all builds. It is not a duplicate, as the only searchable post was a link to the program. It is development because while the scripts can replace programs (in which case id post in app forum), I want to use this to do nodding and on-the-fly enhancements (development forum)
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Good idea. I'm going to bump this
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Am I the only person who thinks that ASE is completely useless ?

Actually, the method used is a HUGE hack (using JSON embedded in a TCP socket is not the cleaner thing I saw) -- ok I'm not so deeply into ASE source code, but still.

... and, the API available is very very lightweight compared to Android's standard library.

Why not having an app which just exports the current Context object into a Beanshell context ? (and maybe having access to the interpreter via adb). Here, we could have access to the whole Java APIs and do nearly exactly what we can do know using plain Java code. It would be clearly awesome !

A better thing would be using Groovy, but it doesn't seem to like dx.

I've already tried to launch the Beanshell interpreter via ASE, but it fails (when the same script works on my computer).
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Anyone make (or find) any cool scripts?
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I honestly like the idea of the ASE scripting because it gives people the ability to write scripts and learn about it.
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This is great. Just one thing I'd change: It would be nice to split the daemon package and the language support packages.

I, for one, have debian installed and already running a python environment with many extensions installed. I'd prefer to install just the "service" part of ASE, copy to my site-packages directory and integrate it into existing scripts. I'd keep ASE running on a fixed port and start modifying existing scripts to utilize the ASE service.
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Default Mini Howto: Using ASE from debian

I wanted to use ASE from the debian installed on my android phone and did some minor patching to accommodate the fact that debian still uses python 2.5 whereas ASE requires python 2.6.

Here's how you do it:

Install the required packages:

# if you don't have python already
apt-get install python
# python 2.5 doesn't have json but this package will do.
apt-get install python-simplejson
Copy from ASE to debian:

cp /data/data/ /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/
Apply this patch to, to remove python 2.6 dependencies:

cd /
patch -p0 <<EOF
--- /data/data/   2009-06-14 22:48:06.000000000 +0000
+++ /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/ 2009-06-15 00:58:31.000000000 +0000
@@ -14,7 +14,7 @@
 __author__ = 'Damon Kohler <>'
-import json
+import simplejson as json
 import os
 import socket
 import sys
@@ -25,7 +25,8 @@
 class Android(object):
   def __init__(self):
-    self.conn = socket.create_connection(('localhost', PORT))
+    self.conn = socket.socket()
+    self.conn.connect(('localhost', int(PORT)))
     self.client = self.conn.makefile() = 0
That's it.

To use it:

Activate ASE and start a terminal. (I hope future versions of ASE will run the service independent of the terminal and will no longer require this).

In your debian terminal:
export AP_PORT=$(netstat -napt|sed -n 's/^tcp.*\([0-9]*\).*LISTEN.*ase$/\1/gp')
The above export is required because ASE currently uses a random port. I hope future versions of ASE will allow selecting a fixed one.

Now you can use ASE from your debian's python, the same way you would in ASE's terminal:

Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Nov 15 2008, 00:34:24) 
[GCC 4.3.2] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import android
>>> a=android.Android()
>>> a.makeToast('debian')
{u'result': None, u'id': 0, u'error': None}
Now you can start porting scripts to use ASE
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I have been trying to figure out how to reboot my phone using any of the interpreters in ASE.

I have tried the following in Lua.


and I get permission denied.

I have tried
but then the terminal changes from $ to # and nothing happens.

Get the same results using os.system() commands in python.

Anyone have any ideas on how to make this work? Seems like it ought to be simple but I have no experience in these languages.
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Try "su -c /system/bin/reboot".

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