[KERNEL] [14/06/06][4.4.4/3G+WIFI][Fix for empty directories after mount] [V13]
mkasick released in his thread a fix for the mounting problems in Android >= 4.2.
Description of the issue:
Originally Posted by mkasick
Android >= 4.2 breaks Dalvik-apps that mount file systems to be shared with other apps. This includes CifsManager, Mount Manager, essentially anything that mounts cifs shares, FUSE file sytems, etc. The symptom is that the mounted contents appear fine to app that peforms the mount operation (assuming the app itself provides the ability to browse the contents), but every other app only sees an empty directory at the mount point.
As I said - mkasick released a solution - so I compiled my own kernel. Now we can again easy mount cifs and others! All old apps should work. Only limitation: the mount point needs to be outside of /storage (and also /mnt/sdcard/). Fix for this: Mount within /data/media/0 -- android will redirect the mount so you can access the mounted-files from this folders.
The kernel is a "stock kernel" and also includes:
Built-In cifs, md4, utf8
kexec hardboot patch (The full patch, allows boot as host and as guest)
As Modules: .ko: nfs, snd-usb-audio and all of its devices
mkasick recommends in his thread to patch dalavik, but for the stock-roms it is easier to patch the kernel.
Since Android 4.4.X: There is a known bug with mounting cifs (you can't write). The solution is (try at your own risk) here. If you want to do this workaround at boot-time, you can flash the zip linked here.
With SuperSU >= 1.50 && < 1.65 the mounted folders are empty. Please update! (For more Info see hide-box "SuperSU Information" below)
(Kernels since v8 are only tested by me for the 3G version (tilapia) - but should also work with wifi (grouper).)
The flash of the kernel shouldn't break anything, but I recommend to backup your system.
In V11 the kernel modules are placed in /data instead of /system. If you are upgrade from < V11 and you want to delete the modules in /system, you can delete the folder "/system/vorcers_kernelmodules" manually, or you use this CWM-Zip to delete.
Download-Links only for grouper: (try on tilapia at your own risk)
Android 4.4.3: g1e42d16-v13 (2014/06/06)
- Switched to g1e42d16 / android-tegra3-grouper-3.1-kitkat-mr2
Android 4.4.3: g4776c68-v12 (2014/06/03)
- Updated Grouper and Tilapia ramdisks for Android 4.4.3.
Android 4.4.2: g4776c68-v11 (2014/01/11)
- To save space in /system, the kernel-modules had been moved from /system/vorcers_kernelmodules to /data/vorcers_kernelmodules.
If you want to delete the modules in /system, you can use this zip: CWM_delete_system_vorcers_kernelmodules.zip
- Nothing else is new
Android 4.4.2: g4776c68-v10 (2013/12/11)
- Updated Kernel Config and Ramdisks. (Both changed in Android 4.4.2/KOT49H)
Android 4.4: g4776c68-v9 (2013/12/10)
- Created separate files for grouper and tilapia (their ramdisk differ, kernel not)
Android 4.3: g1e8b3d8-v5-km-v4 (2013/07/25)
- Switched to Android 4.3: g1e8b3d8 ; jwr66v ; android-tegra3-grouper-3.1-jb-mr2
- This kernel has also: /proc/config.gz and an loadable module support (Stock has not)
- I also provided the patchset I used for Android 4.3
Android 4.2.2: g05b777c-v4-km-v2 (2013/02/19) v4-Kernel (boot-grouper-vorcers-g05b777c-v4.zip):
- Switched to different version schema: boot-grouper-vorcers-<android-kernel-hash>-v<count of changes of kernel (overall)> ; For the kernelmodules it is: kernelmodules-vorcers-<android-kernel-hash>-v<count of changes of kernel-modules (overall)>. This means for you: if the number is higher, there is something new Version-Number at Changelog: <android-kernel-hash>-v<count of changes of kernel (overall)> -km-v<count of changes of kernel-modules (overall)>
- Added init.d (/system/etc/init.d/) support to the kernel/init.rc. If the directory exists, the scripts inside the directory get run via "run-parts" from busybox. This means: The script need to be runable (+x) and mustn't have an file-extension.
- Removed the mount of /mounts out of init.rc (is now in an script called by init.rc) v2-Kernelmodules (kernelmodules-vorcers-g05b777c-v2.zip):
- Made a CWM flashable package which autoloads the modules the my kernel.
Android 4.2.1: v3 - boot-grouper-4.2.2-vorcers-v3.zip : (2013/02/15)
- Switched to Android 4.2.2 - Kernel, jdq39, g05b777c, android-tegra3-grouper-3.1-jb-mr1.1
- Added Modules for OTG-USB-Sound (see kernelmodules*.zip) Android 4.2.0: v2 (2013/01/19)
- I added a tmpfs mount for /mounts, so you don't need to do "mount -o remount rw /" and create your inital-mountpoint yourself. /mounts is writeable by all apps. (done in init.rc) Android 4.2.0: v1 (2013/01/19)
- inital release
Information for SuperSU Users
It seemed that SuperSU >= 1.50 && < 1.65 doesn't work correctly with this kernel. Well, the Version 1.65 seems to work again (The folders where empty after mount). The SuperSU Version 1.45 worked the best. If you want to use 1.45, you can download the old Flashable-Version here: http://download.chainfire.eu/343/Sup...erSU-v1.45.zip.
As I said, the version 1.65 seems to work again. It maybe can happen, that the folders gets empty, after some time. This has been noticed with Version 1.60. But 1.65 not (yet).
If you still have problems with the empty folders on my kernel, you should try superuser by koush.
Because I want to get rid of stickmount, I written a little shell-script to mount all connected devices. It is very similar to stickmount, but it supports: ext, fat32, ntfs. Well, ntfs only, if you provide the path to an ntfs-3g binary. (In the variable NTFS_BINARY) I used in the script the paragon-ntfs binary. Just install the Paragon-App.
I'm a Linux noob and have some questions.
If I understand it correctly, I don't need Stickmount anymore with your kernel. Do I need to mount an usb stick in the terminal or is there a way to automate this with tasker for example?
What is the correct mount command syntax?
You still can use stickmount. You will see no difference, because stickmount uses the old "debuggerd" method. (Well, I did not test stickmount with the new fix, but it should work...)
I already included cifs in my kernel. You don't need to load them anymore. You can now easy use cifs manager, if you are mounting under /mounts (with the v2 of my kernel)
Here an screenshot of an configuration I use with CifsManager:
It is only important, to use a path in /mounts/. As I tested, CifsManager automatically creates the mount-point inside /mounts/.
It is possible, that applications which doesn't support browsing in file system, can't access /mounts. But some provide an option to the start directory or something like that (OfficeSuite for example) the directory just need to be set to /mounts. This is the reason, why stickmount uses an mountpoint inside /mnt/sdcard ... I am using OI Filemanager. It is a quite nice application. It also supports starting apps with the selected file.
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Cifs is working for me now, but I want to get rid of stickmount.
Since android 4.2.x I always get empty folders with stickmount, even with the latest version. I want to replace it with a new method. But I don't know the mount command and the device name to mount a standard usb-stick.
Ah. I forgot USB-OTG helper. Well, with this app, the mounting of devices already worked without the fix. It also uses the "debuggerd" workaround like stickmount. You will need the kernel-fix only for mounting cifs.
I stay at my new oneclickmount-shellscript, because I want to know what the applications do ^^ I don't trust stickmount and usb-otg-helper...
It would be really awesome if a fix or hack to this issue (empty directories if app is not launched before mounting) could be found without requiring a kernel patch.
I tried the debuggerd method supposedly used by StickMount and found that it didn't work: app still sees empty mount if its process is started after mount.
Btw, app sees mounts if its process is started before because mounts are propagated in that case. They are just not inherited on process creation due to how zygote spawn app processes and initializes their mounts.
I never understood how hacking debuggerd could work to fix this issue as this is not much different to me than running a shell script invoking adb shell in loopback mode (requires root), since debuggerd and adbd run with identical priviledges:
I've found a workaround that involves hijaking the obb directory by mounting whatever you want over /mnt/shell/emulated/obb. This directory is systematically bind mounted by the Zygote process in <external storage root>/Android/obb (see source code) when it spawns an app's process
Unfortunately this hack is not very usable because it has the side effect that any app expecting its data in the obb directory will not find it. And you can only mount one filesystem here.
Conclusion: with the new 4.2 multiuser support, Google made miserable all apps dealing with mounting.
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