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(Q)New to devoloping, trying to alter an already built rom. Any guidance appreciated

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By SaintCity86, Senior Member on 20th February 2014, 06:44 PM
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I just have a couple questions, I've been adjusting theme zips by changing around files in the zip then flashing.

I wanted to alter a rom I have by changing the apks that are in the system/app , data/app, and framework folders. Usually I'm able to view apks as zips, but I'm the rom zip file, I cannot. I can't seem to write in the zip file at all...

And I can't change is permissions cuz when I go into the root section in my xplore file manager, anytime I view the sd or extsd Cards, I don't get the same options.

Any guidance is appreciated

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20th February 2014, 09:48 PM |#2  
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Or if I'm in the wrong section... where should I go?

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you cant edit files IN compressed files. (zips)

extract the files you want to edit. edit them, then place them back in the zip, overwriting the old versions of the files you edited.

though it is best to extract the whole rom zip, edit then re-zip everything. most recoveries dont require signed zip files, or can be disabled, so you dont even need a special tool to re-zip them most of the time. just use windows zipping. or win rar with 0 compression.
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Start reading here.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/general/xda-university

one of the top posts is how to make recovery flashable zips.
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