[Guide] Debian Kit & Limbo PC Emulator (QEMU x86) for Dual-booting Linux on Android

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[Guide] Debian Kit & Limbo PC Emulator (QEMU x86) for Dual-booting and more
Draft2 Linux android multi-node cloud computer tutorial.
1.Setting up base system(functional/\under construction)
1:1 Updates (05202013) XDA Sync happening 8:30pm- added subsection 5:10. added descriptors to section 4:4:* Added/Completed two new mini guide to section 1:5:1:*{{XDA content sync happened 05182013} google document sync will happen after some time}
1:2 - Downloads for android device (functional)
1:3 - Installing Linux system to Android Device (functional)
1:3:1 Verify no major errors are present (functional)
1:3:2 Start ConnectBot (functional)
1:4 Manual install (functionally complete/partially under construction)
1:5 Other methods of running Linux alongside Android (All sub sections Under Construction)
1:5:1 Using Limbo PC Emulator (QEMU)
1:5:1:1 Apps & Files to download for QEMU
1:5:1:2 QEMU Linux Install Guide
1:5:1:3 QEMU Linux Setup Guide(new)(functional)
1:5:1:2-1 Method one: Install to virtual hard drive with QEMU(new)(functional)
1:5:1:2-2 Method two: use a computer to make a virtual install(new)(functional)
1:5:1:4 QEMU Integrating with the rest of Main guide
1:5:1:5 QEMU tips and tricks
1:5:2 Using Complete Linux Installer
1:5:2:1 Apps & Files to download for Complete Linux Installer
1:5:2:2 Complete Linux Installer Installer Guide
1:5:2:3 Complete Linux Installer Setup Guide
1:5:2:4 Complete Linux Installer Integrating with the rest of this guide
1:5:2:5 Complete Linux Installer tips and tricks
2:1 installing packages before devstack or openstack (Under Construction)
3. Setting up cloud system(Under Construction)
4:0 Sites that have been exceptionally (updates contently)
4:1 apps for android that make things easier (functional)
4:2 linux software and or packages that I've tested (under construction)
4:3 commands for apt-get and others I've found useful (functional)
4:3:0 Android command line commands (new)
4:3:1 Apt-get commands (functional)
4:3:2 Command line commands for linux (functional)
4:3:3 Connectbot optimization guide (functional)(newly modified)
4:3:3-1. Linux Boot/Mount automation (newly modified)
4:3:3-2 Linux Un-mount/Kill automation (newly modified)
4:3:3-3. Connectbot “Local” SSH setup (newly modified)
4:3:3-4. Other good combos to use after using 'linuxBoot’ (newly modified)
4:3:4 Remote RDP debian kit guide (functional)
4:4 Rom Tool Box user Tips (brand new and no where else)
4:4:1 Scripts (new content)
4:4:2 Performance Mods (under construction)
4:4:3 General guidelines (under construction)
4:4:4 Useful tips (under construction)
5.Debugging\Known issues with solutions(Constant Construction:Completion Relative)
5:1 debian install problems
5:2 debian manual install issues
5:3 additional packages problems
5:4 reinstallation problems
5:5 How do I solve [My device/linux] issue(s)?(functional)
5:6 How to do a dump like the author?(functional)
5:7 Can I use this to completely replace my Android OS(new/\functional)
5:8 How do I add repositories to Debian?(new/under construction)
6:1 Introduction
6:2 Disclaimer
6:3 Note to forum Moderator
6:4 Statement of long term goal for this project
6:5 Distillation of current project completion
7:1 Connection Methods(under construction)(Mini-intro added)
7:1:1 Connecting locally
7:1:2-2.1 Connecting wirelessly through wifi(functional)
7:1:2-2.2 Remote RDP in from a second computer (New)(functional)
7:1:3 Connecting wirelessly through bluetooth(Mini-intro added)
7:1:4 Connecting wirelessly through data network
7:1:5 Connecting wirelessly through atana directly
7:1:6 Connecting through USB with computer
7:1:7 Connecting through USB with USB host mode
7:1:8 Connecting through visible light spectrum
7:1:9 Connecting though invisible light spectrum(New links added)
7:1:10 Connecting though directed/focused light
7:1:11 Connecting through audible sound
7:1:12 Connecting though inaudible sound
7:2 Customization of GUI(under construction)
7:2:1 Saving Electrons(functional)
7:2:2 Making it Pretty(functional)
7:3 Making things happen without excessive user input(under construction)
7:4 Methods of installing or unpacking(under construction)(New)
7:4-4. Installing from sources.(functional)(New)
7:4-4.1 Unpacking tar.gz files(functional)(New)
7:4-4.2 Installing Java for ARM from source(functional)(New)
7:4-4.3 Adding Commands to Bash(functional)(New)
7:4:4.1- Installing Map Tools(under construction)(New)
7:4:4:2 Solved Installing jMonkey on Android(functional)(New)

8.Sources of information and content(functional, nearly up to date)
8:2 Dumps I’ve taken and Pictures worth sharing (under construction)
8:2:1 example: installation without errors (complete)
8:2:2 Example of running fdisk -l (complete)
8:2:3 Example of running mk-debian (complete)
8:2:4 Example of the first time you run deb command (complete)

1:1 Updates

Here I’ll try to keep you up to date with where I am with this project. (Date) in the table of contents reflects the last time that I made a significant update to this guide. {notes} in the table of contents states the nature of the update, if the change is significant it will be referenced here so that you may find the modifications to the guide quicker.
UPDATES APPENDED: see Main Doc for full list of all updates.

05182013- manual install of java has issues with running '.jar' files from the command line, there seems to be another version or method to try or it may be a matter of downloading and applying new libraries to the java install itself, I'll be trying bothe (first the lib or dependency search) but will also end up doing a reinstall of the entire debian os again. Installing from source packages is very use at your own risk and running ontop of a rooted android which you've already been warned is use at your own risk; seems like it be risky, yep, but I've yet to re-root my device for what feels like 2 months (I tell you this because I believe the install instructions to be nearly complete and completely reliable) installing things after that seems hit and miss but so long as you're not foolish much of this guide elsewhere is safer than instructions found elsewhere.
Did some polishing of section 7 and added usefull links that I hinted in the past.
Moved section 6:6 Legend/Key/Guide for Guide to the top of the guide, mostly so I can keep the formatting consistent without loading back and forth between sections. Going to Update the XDA forum posts tonight, Google to google sync still pending...
05192013- Added some links to section 4. The commands in section 7 with red text in only one spot cannot be trusted and the commands right now are suspect right now, they'll be updated as I figure out what's wrong and this statement will be struck though. Java support with development tools and install instructions not far off unrelated news, added new sections 1:5:* & 4:4:*, these right now are place holders for what is to come in the future, I'll be focused on the Java thing that's a bit weird on my system and wrapping up the install from source as well, just bouncing round the other places we'll go. Added new section with a little content; 4:3:0 Android command line commands, I'll be adding more as eventually I'd like to have linux tell android what to do and android to be able to do the same.
05202013- added new subsection to section 5:10 to help update answers to questions received through XDA. Added a bit of content to sections 4:4:* mostly intor fluff so I don't forget where I was going. Did some work for money so new content is still pending for the guide, will likely end up with more time tomorrow...
05212013- currently adding some content to 1:5:1, just couldn’t leave it alone added a bunch of content to that section... think I can call the two new guides functional for Limbo QEMU Linux Installation, comments welcome if it barfs on your device... so yeah made/completed a new section “7:4:4:2 Installing jMonkey” you can now install and run jMonkey naively on Android using Debian Kit and openjdk packages installed on your rooted phone or tablet, using directions in section ‘7:1:2-2.2 Remote RDP in from a second computer’ you can connect into it and develop on your Android device but with the full keyboard experience, then if ya need to go on the go you can save your work and reconnect locally on the device with directions from section ‘4:3:4 Remote RDP debian kit guide’ and continue your development project anywhere you’ve got time hope this helps game makers and app developers as this program outputs in formats that can then be run on the android side with full graphical bliss ... back to work on java compatibility?, looks like I might have to re-install Debian as I've mucked around in the system in a bad way :P but that's what the guide is for and I'll be working almost all day on the guide, check back often as content will be flowing in. XDA postings updated today 05212013 sorta, the character limit on XDA is now a limiting factor, I will split the document between posts for now and work on making the sections in the Google doc split correctly or something... Updates successful to all educational postings on XDA thread, google drive internal sync still pending but I've been at this for 14 hours or so today so I’ll be off my computer for a little while to let it cool down.
06122013- Section 3 nearly completed, script runs for installing cloud services to android but returns a few errors and is ready for others to test with me, send a PM, e-mail, Google+, what ever and I'll hook you (the reader) up with a preview of the draft script that I've been writing to install openstack to android. Still under heavy development and re-writing but should work now, I'll be posting the beta version publicly when I've done enough testing or had enough testers confirm that it works without problems.

____Update: Bellow Link
____is a script to be tested for controlling the Crazyflie Quad-Copter with Android using Debian Kit's Squeeze or others
____for now see Page 10 for the discussion related to this development.
____if found to work, then merging into the Main Guide and full description on how to get started will be included as well.
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Prompt Setting up base system (partially under construction)
1. Setting up base system:

1:2 - Downloads for android device.
1:3 - Installing Linux system to Android Device

1:3:1 Verify no major errors are present

  • Open Debian Kit: check that there are no red X's; tap on anything in the list for more info and/or press menu and tap read me for the developers original doc.
  • Check that you've enough memory: from the home screen press menu and tap settings; Scroll down to application settings, tap it and view storage use; try to have as much available memory as possible by, moving/removing apps, ruffly 100MB+ worked for me. Note after the initial install you should be able to reinstall/restore the removed apps with little ill effect.
  • Remove data consuming tasks from the equation either by freezing them with an app like rom tool box or turning off their sync options or uninstalling them. Mainly this step helps insure that while you're downloading the necessary data that your connection doesn't flip out and cause an error that could have been avoided.

1:3:2 Start ConnectBot (rom toolbox terminal emulator also works well for this part with some modification)

  • Tap on the lower left corner where ssh button is and select local instead.
  • Tap in the text field next to the bottom now displaying local and type in a nickname like 'debInstall', hit enter and be presented with-
  • Type su, hit enter, and permit superuser permissions.
  • Unpack the installer with sh /sdcard/download/debian-kit-* note: if downloaded with dolphin browser or some other browser then you'll need to change the file path to reflect that.
#sh /sdcard/download/debian-kit-*
#sh /sdcard/Dolphin_Browser_Mini/download/debian-kit-*
#sh /mnt/sdcard/download/debian-kit-*
See 8:2:1 for example of what your screen should look like without errors.

  • Choose your path:
  • Input 2s will install a debian.img file 2gb in size to your sdcard. Note: this option is suggested as for the first try as this will allow for a stable and fairly sized environment to test and play with, furthermore I will be writing this guide first for the debian squeeze option and later add the others as I've the time. If choosing this option scroll down to step 6. when the installer starts asking questions.
  • If 2gb sounds to small and you're willing to brave the manual install, then you'll want to abort the auto installer at this point and scroll further to step 1:2 Manual Install
  • Once the install has finished you'll be given three options yes, ovpn, q choose one and only one. When yes or ovpn is used things will be removed, when q is used the debian image is unmounted just as it will be automatically unmounted at the end of either yes or ovpn option. Note: when I install to debian.img file I choose ovpn as this allows for the most amount of space to be freed.
  • Now providing everything is error free the debian.img can be remounted with either of the two commands
Note: to see what it will look like the first time you run deb and not encounter errors see section 8:2:4
  • Now to first
  • update the list of packages currently installed,
  • second upgrade everything,
  • third install andromize for compatibility,
  • forth install andromize-lxde for a gui,
  • fifth install ssh,
  • sixth auto remove unnecessary packages,
  • seventh clean up,
and all that in one step that will take more than a few minutes to complete. Note: andromize at some point is going to request input from you;
  • tap on your screen and tap on the control button that briefly shows up in the lower corner, the hit the 'i' button on either you hard keyboard or onscreen keyboard. This will put you in insert mode so that with a d-pad and the spacebar or enter key you can select a highlighted option, I suggest: ctrl+i then space (or enter) as that has worked everytime for me.
#apt-get update; apt-get upgrade; apt-get install andromize; apt-get install andromize-lxde; apt-get install openssh-server; apt-get autoremove; apt-get clean
  • So you're set to rock and roll as root and have a lot of options if ya know what you're doing.
At some point with all this you may feel uncomfortable with running under sudo root user. Scroll down to '4:3:2 Command line commands for linux' and run those commands to secure yourself some.
  • Start your new ssh server. Now that the basic requirements to run linux have been met and you've a clean OS we need a way to 'open and 'close' terminal windows that aren't going to remount the system a bunch or run us into out of memory or space errors.
  • Start ssh with one of the following commands
#deb s
  • Stop ssh with one of the following commands (when you're done)
#deb S
  • Once ssh is on you can connect to your device from any other ssh compatible device. For now we are going to use identical directions, almost, to section 4:3:3-3
  • Make or open a new or existing ssh connection with connectbot with your username that you want to log in as then the @ symbol followed by "localhost"
  • Make sure that in the lower corner that the option is set to ssh and hit the enter key
  • Connectbot or whatever local running ssh app you're using (I'll be testing or hearing about a few I'm sure) should now prompt you for a password. Put in the one you (I hope setup before in step 4:3:2... yeah I'm going to have to fix that...) set up and you should be greeted by a few lines of text and a # with your username before it. This is where many of the linux commands should be run.
Note: this method is prefered because you can connect and disconnect without sending multiple "deb" commands in the local connection that we only should use for installation and starting the system (first boot and after reboots). Sending multiple "deb" commands can cause all sorts of issues without sending "deb u; deb k" commands between. The other issue that arises with sending multiple "deb" commands followed by a "deb u; deb k" is that you can fill folder structures on the linux OS and your SD card that are designed to rescue unintentionally deleted files, cache, and junk files, which in other circumstances is really good to know like when a picture disappears from your gallery, but in this case is a real pain. You'll get all sorts of errors so remember one "deb" command per boot and connect through ssh or remote RDP once your system has mounted linux and you'll have a happier experience. Okay moving on.

1:4 Manual install

  • Unmount and eject the sd card from your device
  • Plug the sd card into enough adapters to plug it into your computer. I've used micro to sd adapters and then plugged that into yet another adapter sd to usb with success.
  • Backup all data. You're about to delete it all.
  • Using gParted on ubuntu 12.04
  • Ensure that gParted has selected the sdcard and not your hard drive... don't select your hard drive that would be bad.
  • Check out the current partition layout, perhaps even make note of it somewhere incase something goes wrong. My sandisk started out with a 4mb empty zone and a fat32 partition for the rest.
  • Reformat original partition to fat32 by either write clicking the main partition or selecting the partition drop down menu at the top of the window.
  • Resize first first partition (pay close attention to not accidently remove, overwrite, or move over the little bit reserved at the start of your sdcard) to the desired amount of space for the android side of your device such as space for; downloads, app cache, apps to sd, photos, and music. This space is all that my android recognizes by default so think about it.
  • Second make a second partition filling up the trailing bit left over, you can try something fancy but I chose a fat 32 bootable.
  • Apply the three operations with the green checkbox in the upper left quadrant of the window and let it run.
  • When gParted finishes unmount and eject the sd card, wait a second or two and plug it all back into your computer.
  • If you left gParted open then your sdcard and it's partitions should now show up as selectable in the drop down for devices. Close gParted.
  • Open a file browser or two; one for your sd card's first partition and another for where you saved the backup of your sd card's contents.
  • Copy your backups back over to the first partition of your sdcard. I'd advise copying the important things first, app backups folders and system and/or nandroid backups. The things you can live without for a day or two you can come back for because you're here to get to the next step.
  • Unmount and eject from computer. Plug back into phone and remount.
  • Run through the first part of the guide and about when given the option to make a debian.img file.
Run the following commands in connectbot under superuser to figure out what the installer uses to identify the second partition on your external sdcard, format it and install linux to it.
  • This may show the uuid, drive letter, date modified. Make note of todays date and check for three dates in the list that match from when you were repartitioning. Take note of everything.
/data/local/deb/armel/busybox fdisk -l /dev/block/vold/*
Results may vary try navigation to /dev/ with a root browser on the android side of things, take a look around and adjust the bit after 'fdisk -l' to reflect your device's folder scheme and rerun till you get something that looks like this: (or see section 8:2:2 for full example)
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/block/vold/179:0p1 1 1279 10264576 c Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/block/vold/179:0p2 1279 1925 5189632 b Win95 FAT32
  • Now to run the mk-debian -h script and change settings until satisfied. Note: I had one issue when I didn't tell the installer what 'drive' letter to install to;the letter preceding 'Win95 FAT32' in above example or in the below example command you can see the drive letter delineation specified at the end with '-L b' because on my device setup that's the letter in which I need to install to. (see section 8:2:3)
#/data/local/deb/mk-debian -i /dev/block/vold/179:2 -s 5310 -L b -h

  • Which if configured correctly will look like the dump took and pasted below.

Script to format a loop disk file or disk partition with ext2/3/4 and install a Debian Linux there.

mk-debian [Options]

-d <distro> specify squeeze/lucid/precise
-m <path> specify mount point for disk/device
-s <megabyte> specify size for new loop disk file
-i <file|dev> specify loop disk file name or device
-t <ext2/3/4> specify file system to be created
-L <label> specify disk label for formatting
-D <ip> specify DNS server to be used
-M <url> specify Mirror URL for downloading
-u update /system/bin/deb script and exit
-U uninstall Debian kit (not debian.img!)
-C clean files not required to run Debian
-h display usage text and settings

-d squeeze
-m /data/local/mnt
-s 5310 Mb
-i /dev/block/vold/179:2
-t ext4
-L b
Action: install

For creating a loop disk file, you may want to change the default size (in Mb, 512-2047). For formatting a device (-i /dev/xxx) or if overwriting an existing loop disk file, the size is ignored. The loop disk file name or the device name will be written to the bootdeb script's IMG= line if this script succeeds.

If you specify a device, the UUID of the formatted device is instead saved into bootdeb (IMG=uuid:<hexid>). With this, the correct device can be found even after some mixed USB drive/SD card eject-insert sequences.

Check your settings by adding '-h' as the last switch.

Remove the '-h' from the tail end of the command to run when you believe all is good and if all is good then scroll back up to step 7 of the main install guide where it talks about remounting debian.
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Exclamation 1:5 Other methods of running Linux alongside Android

1:5 Other methods of running Linux alongside Android
These sections that follow ( 1:5:* ) will detail the other methods the author has installed Linux Environment.
Note: at this point I've only one device that is capable of developing a guide to install and integrate cloud services; if you wish to see that change you may make additions on the publicly editable version of this document, or, research it on your own time, or, make a donation to the author; my time can be purchased ;), or, wait for me to document it in my own time.
1:5:1 Using Limbo PC Emulator (QEMU)
Note: I did not originally include this method as it is a slower way to run linux on android. Its good but emulation always comes at a cost. There are many devices on the market now that will support this app smoothly but like I've said you'll still see a cost.
Note: run-on list of “Cost”
Slow: The nature of emulation causes this. To understand the details of this one will have to delve into some of the details of how machines talk to one another and within themselves, machine language(s), and, the details of what a processor actually does.
I’ll try to sum it up though; a processor type (CPU - ARM/Pentium/AMD and even GPU - Nvidia, iSBX 275, S3 89C911) has a specific structure in how the components and pathways are laid out. This causes each manufacturer to have their own way of sending electrons across the internal structure that makes up the processor, this is usually kept private or proprietary (Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo are good examples of this) to the manufacture, which is the machine language that I was talking about. Compatibility with the other components that the processor connects to is usually achieved by standardization of “shape” meaning the little wires that come off of CPU chip itself and connect to the rest of the circuit board, and the internal firmware of the CPU chip.
To make a processor process a “native” task one must be speaking its language or a language that it understands (many come with what’s called ‘channels’ that handle; Flash, Java, or other human readable programming language) and tell it where to get information and how to handle it and where to send it and what to do next and have all that on the “native” hardware. To make a processor process a “alien” task one must have a way of translating all the processor’s calls for data and handling of data to a completely different set of physical pathways and methods of handling data; this would be like if you and I were placed in completely different parts of the same city and were given the exact same set of instructions (north 5 kilometers, east 12 meters, south east 1 kilometers) and be expected to arrive at the same location; just doesn’t compute, you would end up in a location relative to your start point just as I would but the relative distance wouldn’t change between us. And more than likely one of us would run into an obstacle not far from the start and where we programs and not humans the one of us to hit an obstacle would, like a lemming, just keep failing until killed off.
An emulator bridges the language and hardware divide (visual here: like an octopus wriggling through a small hole when viewed through x ray photography) by wrapping up the data being handled in such a way that another processor doesn’t try to natively run the data being wrapped up (visual here: like the internal organs, of the before mentioned imaginary octopus, not rupturing through the skin and spilling out into the water that it’s entire body is encapsulated in) and then giving the data within a way to communicate with other data that has been wrapped up.
It's not an exact description of emulation but an analogy and how I think about it.

Electron Expensive: The very act of emulation causes the processor that is running the emulation to pull double duty. For every task that has to be carried out by the emulated machine. a task must first be started on the host machine, then the emulated task is started, then the emulated task makes a call for more data or tries to write data, that emulated task ‘call for more’ is sent back to the host machine, the host machine then must make the required translations to compute the request, after computing the request the task is performed, if the task being performed makes ‘calls for more’ then those are then handled just like the parent task (making more calls and translations back and forth) and so on. When done coded properly; emulators can emulate a processor very near the host’s megahertz level and the emulated tasks show very little lag from all this back and forth that the data must first go through, however, due to the closed source nature of hardware and internal firmware, making a well coded emulator is very difficult and usually involves trial and error combined with a little reverse engineering. In most cases when running an emulator, you’ll want a host machine capable of much greater megahertz range than the machine you are trying to emulate (it’s why next gen console emulation is so difficult for most home PC’s) to allow for the back and forth that happens with emulation. This back and forth that the data goes through is what will cost you in battery life because data is transmitted with electricity and there is a finite amount that your battery will store and output.
Hair Puller: As wonderful as it can be to run emulators; eventually things just go wrong and debugging how to work around it can be an exercise in futility.

Note: run-on list of “Benefits”
Extended Compatibility: Being able to run non-native machine code and system tasks gives an enormous amount of flexibility to the host machine. With QEMU you can even emulate the old floppy disk drives on Android and I doubt most households have a fiscal one of those anymore.
Development Options: Emulating hardware allows for development to take place on a set of hardware that doesn’t need to be physically owned thus reducing the cost of development to time, education, and workforce.
Hardware Virtualization:Because the operating system is running on virtualized hardware you are more free to convert the image file that the OS is saved to and run on multiple devices or computers with very little work once you’ve got an installed OS image. I’ve even seen work done to sync system files between clones so that one can login to each clone and after a few minutes have the exact same programs to access and run between devices.
Games:Yep you can play games with this, like mine sweeper and other low memory intensive games, but further development and a faster device will alow for many more titles to be added to the list of “working and fun” that I’ll be compiling here.

1:5:1:1 Apps & Files to download for QEMU
Limbo from the Google Marketplace
Limbo in my opinion is of the one of the best apps out there for novice on up to master rooted phone users. In short its like a "game console" emulator for your pc only with a big twist the "game console" Limbo emulates is actually normal PC processors like a pentium 3 and it runs on android so you can play pc hardware dependent content such as windows if you've got the specs on the go.

Pick A Linux Distribution
The links provided are here for convenience and should be considered untested unless accompanied by a statement that it has worked on android. I will try to test as many as possible and document the; pros and cons; methods of installation if they varied from the main QEMU install guide provided in this main guide.

DSL (Damn Small Linux)

Worked for me on my Epic 4Gs

Ubuntu (12.04)

Kali (like backtrack)
There is a live boot ISO for PC, a ARM variant that’s being tested by others, and a network install that I’ve found. For this method (QEMU) I would suggest the PC version; I’ll be testing the network install in the future so I can attempt a “Debian Kit” port for the ARM native version of their distribution.


Just ran across this one. It’s android for PC processors instead of the ARM processor. But QEMU is a PC emulator, so if we want a slow Android OS running on top of the normal one for that could be possible. Don’t know yet if it will work but it’s worth a shot as this would allow developers to mobily develop for this variant of Android and normal root users the chance to make drastic changes to the emulated Android environment without too much fear of fouling up their main Android environment.

1:5:1:2 QEMU Linux Install Guide
1:5:1:2-1 Method one: Install to virtual hard drive with QEMU
1. Download Limbo from the market place
2. Download a Linux distro to start with or try an ISO that you already have if you're feeling adventurous
3. Open Limbo
4. Tap on ‘Load VM’ and choose ‘New’
5. Name your new Virtual Machine and tap ‘Create’
6. Scroll down to ‘RAM Memory (MB)’ tap ‘64’ and choose 512
7. Scroll down to ‘CDROM (*.iso)’ and tap ‘None’
8. Tap ‘Open’ in the new pop up and using the folder navigation window that pops up; navigate the the ISO file that is on your device (usually in your downloads folder) and tap it
9. Back in the main Limbo app screen scroll down to ‘Hard Disk A(*.img/*.qcow2)’ and tap ‘None’ and tap new
10. In the new pop up (Image Name) title your hard disk somthing that will tell you that it’s an emulated hard drive of that distribution, such as ‘DSLhdEmu’ and set a size that you’re willing to sacrifice to running Linux and tap ‘Create’
11. Scroll down to ‘Boot from Device’ tap ‘Default’ and in the pop up choose ‘CD Rom’
12. Scroll down to ‘Network Configuration’ and tap ‘None’ and choose ‘User’
13. Scroll down to ‘VGA Configuration’ tap std and choose ‘vmware’
14. Scroll up, all the way up, on the Limbo main screen and choose start. If everything goes well you’ll be presented with a linux live boot environment that you can then use to install onto the virtual hard drive that you made. Once you install you can remove the ISO from the parameters in Limb and change the boot order to the virtual hard drive.
1:5:1:2-2 Method two: use a computer to make a virtual install
and then converting it to a qcow2 file and install linux to it before moving it over to the device to run it. This is a bit round about but it's my method when I can't run the install but can run the OS due to emulation not being perfect and my device not being powerful enough.
1. Download and install ‘VertualBox’ to your PC from:
Note: You’ll want to choose the one that is for your PC’s hardware and operating system
2. Open ‘Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager’ and click ‘New’
3. Click ‘Next’ and title it something you’ll remember is for this purpose, such as ‘DSLforQEMU’
4. Mouse over to ‘Operating System’ and click on ‘Microsoft Windows’ choose ‘Linux’ in the drop down
5. Mouse over to ‘Version’ and click on ‘Ubuntu’ choose ‘Other Linux’ in the drop down
6. Mouse over to the ‘Next’ button and click it
7. Mouse over to the box with ‘256’ click it and input 512; mouse over to next and click it (unless you’re computer has less than 2 gigs of RAM)
8. Click the ‘Next’ button again because we’re creating a new ‘Start-up Disk’
9. Mouse over to the ‘VHD (Virtual Hard Disk)’ and click the little circle next to it to select that option and mouse over to the ‘Next’ button and click it
10. Click the ‘Next’ button again unless you really want a ‘Fixed size’ image taking up a bunch of space or if you’ve had issues with ‘Dynamically allocated’ option not converting to qcow2 format properly.
11. This next page titled ‘Virtual disk file location and size’ you’ll want to set up yourself based on how much space your hard drive has and how much space your Android device has. I shrank mine down to 3 gigs though and left everything else alone.
12. Mouse over to the ‘Next’ button and click it then ensure everything looks ok and click the ‘Create’ button too. If there is a second window behind that go ahead and click the ‘Next’ and ‘Create’ buttons too to set up the virtual machine
13. Mouse over to the new virtual machine that you’ve created and ‘right click’ it and select settings or select the new virtual machine and select the ‘Settings’ button which should be between the ‘New’ and ‘Start’ buttons
14. In the new ‘Settings’ window, you’ll find oodles of things to tweak and feel free at a latter time, for now mouse over to the ‘Storage’ and click it
15. In the storage settings mouse over to the ‘Storage Tree’ part of the window and look for a disk icon that says ‘Empty’ and select it (this is the virtual machine's CD drive)
14. With the virtual CD drive selected mouse over to the ‘Attributes’ part of the window and select the checkbox to enable ‘Live CD/DVD’, mouse over to the disk icon just to the right and a little above the checkbox and click it to set up where the ISO is for installing Linux, select ‘Choose a virtual CD/DVD file...’
15. Use the new window titled ‘Choose a virtual CD/DVD file’ to navigate and select the ISO file that you wish to use to install Linux to the virtual hard drive image that was created in step 11
16. Mouse over to the ‘Open’ button and click it then click the ‘Ok’ button in the ‘Settings’ window that was behind it.
17. Back in the main window for VirtualBox titled ‘Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager’ ensure that the virtual machine that we’ve been making is still selected and then mouse over to the ‘Start’ button and click it.
18. Interrupt the boot with one of the function buttons on your keyboard when the new window pops up and starts to paint in what will look like a computer starting up in a window (usually ‘F2’ or ‘F10’ or ‘F12’)
19. In the interrupted boot menu within the “VM” window choose the option that corresponds with the CD drive to make the virtual machine boot from CD this time around only
20. Let the live boot process process for a bit and eventually you should be presented with a window that looks like a linux desktop is inside of it
21. Follow the instructions for installing your specific distribution to a hard drive and when that guide states to install to a hard drive just remember to be selecting the virtual hard drive that was created in step 11
22. After installation to the virtual hard drive has finished test that it installed correctly by shutting down the virtual machine and getting back into the settings described in step 15 and “eject or remove or unmount” the linux ISO file from the virtual CD drive
23. Start the virtual machine again and check that it boots correctly from the virtual hard drive image. If it does shut it down again properly. If it doesn’t try again or try a different distribution.
24. Open the ‘Settings’ window again and select ‘Storage’ again, this time though under the ‘Storage Tree’ part of the window select the virtual hard drive image (its the *.vdi file that was created in step 11) and mouse over to the disks icon to in the ‘Attributes’ part of the window to the far right of where it says ‘Hard Disk’ and select ‘Choose a virtual hard disk file...’ and make a note of the full folder path to the *.vdi file; somewhere like in a notepad or scrap of paper or memorize it.
25. Open a terminal window on your PC and convert the *.vdi file to a *.qcow2 file with the following command structure
Example : Syntax
# qemu-img convert -O qcow2 *.vdi *.qcow2
Example : useable
# cd /home/dev/dumps
# qemu-img convert -O qcow2 DSLforQEMU.vdi DSLforQEMU.qcow2
26. Let the converter convert and come back to it after a few minutes
27. Once the converter has converted it’s time to transfer the qcow2 file to your Android device, use a cable or a SD card adapter to get it over to the folder that Limbo saves virtual hard drive
28. Start up Limbo and create a new machine much like the steps in method one but you’ll not need to select a ISO file, instead select the virtual hard drive image as the hard drive to boot from and set the other setting the same as method one and start the virtual machine to test it on your Android device.

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2. Installing additional packages
These packages should be installed if you’re following the entire guide for setting up a wireless private mobile cloud server. At this point the author is still debugging error messages with some of the services/packages that are being trialled for this making this project a reality and the author is still working on educating himself on dependencies/configurations; so use section 2 and section 3 use at your own risk.
2:1 installing packages before devstack or openstack

  • First we'll need some git for our flavor of debian
#apt-get install git-arch

  • directs to use the following comand to get a clone of devstack onto your device
#git clone
  • Then to deploy and install use
#cd devstack && ./
  • Debian has got some errors so I'll have to figure out where to go from here. Resources that I'm using: compatible with ubuntu 12.04 form of debian kit posibly, still working out kinky install errors with ubuntu on myTouch 3g. states that its compatible with debain and ubuntu forms of debain kit posibly, still reading and obsorbing information. Could run into processor, memory, and storage constraints if the guides are to be believed, don't care round hole meet square pag. ran accross it, might have something... yep google gets it done with well constructed quaries. Use the 'solved' 'distro' with 'issue' and refine from there, adding 'similarweb address) or (something)' or 'siteweb address specifically)'

3. Setting up cloud system

This is under construction...
Note: looks like you'll need access to a total of three devices for this; be it three rooted android phones or a combo of computers and rooted devices all of which seem to at this point need to be running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
I'm now looking into installing the componits that are required to run openstack on Ubuntu to other distrobutions such as Squeeze by downloading the sorce .deb or .sh files and installing from sorce. This is because after reading though the bootdeb (wich you can find after unpacking the debian kit under the file path: /data/local/deb/bootdeb) by opening as a text file with rom toolbox; there seems to be a way of shifting the way that super user requests are handeled by the android system that alow for devices (such as the myTouch 3g) with system read/write protection enabled (sOff/sOn) to handle read/write permitions diferently. This has adverse side effects so avoiding it and using a stable reliece of debian squeeze is the sogested method at this point and fixing the depindencies manuely.

Un-orginized notes

What dependencies or pacages that shold be satisfide
Info taken and used from

keystone nova glance nova-network cinder

and it does not include

horizon quantum ceilometer

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4. Additional notes
The following sub sections are dedicated to the more common tasks: interacting with android linux as a whole, helpful links, linux command line commands, and helpful tips for the apps that you’ll be using to set up and interact with your linux android system that would have broken the flow of reading the main install steps.

4:0 Sites that have been exceptionally helpful
This section has the following organization patterns:
new links = descending order, older links near the top newer links towards the bottom
small font with link embedded = older links that likely are up to date between all versions of this guide
medium font with link embedded = links that I’ve formatted but have yet to update to other mirrors of this guide
medium font with link not embedded = links that I’ve most recently added and likely have not been updated anywhere else;a=summary

4:1 apps for android that make things easier

Note: these apps are not necessary to follow the guide as of yet, so don’t go paying without considering all the good it’ll do you.

4:2 linux software and or packages that I've tested

Very powerful programing and development toolkit for programing, if you run into issues after installation go to help update in the jmonkey window and that should resolve it, the developer states it on the download page but i and many others have filled google search bars with error searchs when mostly that one step will save you a lot of heartache, after of course resolving the other dependencies... I’ll be updating this in a bit with full directions on how to install .sh packages from the downloads folder in android to a full programing environment.

Wireshark (linux & android? yep)
updates eventually. so far I’ve been able to use wireshark from the android market to capture my home network info’s, saved it and then using wireshark on the linux side of things to view and interact with the pcap files as I at this moment don’t know how to resolve all the dependencies for running wireshark on the linux side solely.

4:3 commands for apt-get and others I've found useful
4:3:0 Android command line commands
Here will be commands that can be run from the Android command line, independent of the Linux system, some in fact many will also work on the Linux system. At this point the "____" will be the break between subsections for sectio 4:3:0:* as organization will have to happen after there's enough content to organize.
Download from web to a specific directory and attempt to reconnect if connection is interrupted.
  • The -cO = 'c' to reconnect if interrupted, 'O' to 'output' to a specific file path.
  • The '/sdcard/Download*' = path you want to save the file to; adjust it based on where your device saves downloads to by default or change it to a custom path.
  • The 'http://' = the web address you wish to download from. Some may not support it but most should.
Example : Syntax

# wget -cO /sdcard/Download/[Name-of-file-you-are-downloading].[file-extention-of-the-file] ""

Example : Usable

# wget -cO /sdcard/Dolphin_Browser_Mini/download/photobomb-cat1fxb.jpg " "

4:3:1 Apt-get commands:

Search for package or package description (still working on condensing and organizing this part)

#apt-cache search "web server"| grep something

Install commands

#apt-get -i {package-name}

Removal commands

#apt-get remove <package_name>

Removes an installed package, leaving configuration files intact.

# apt-get purge <package_name>

This command completely removes a package and the associated configuration files. Configuration files residing in ~ are not usually affected by this command.

If you want to remove package1 and install package2 in one step:

# apt-get remove<package1> <package2>+

Remove unnecessary or abandoned data that isn't necessary to keep

# apt-get autoremove

This command removes packages that were installed by other packages and are no longer needed.
#apt-get autoremove <package_name>

This command removes an installed package and dependencies.

While there is no built in way to remove all of your configuration information from your removed packages you can remove all configuration data from every removed package with the following command.

# dpkg -l | grep '^rc' | awk '{print $2}' | xargs dpkg --purge

auto-apt commands

# auto-apt run<command_string>

When invoked, the auto-apt command automatically installs packages upon missing file access. If a program tries to access a file known to belong in an uninstalled package, auto-apt will install that package using apt-get. This feature requires apt and sudo to work.

Auto-apt keeps databases which need to be kept up-to-date in order for it to be effective. This is achieved by calling the commands auto-apt update, auto-apt updatedb and auto-apt update-local.

Usage example

You're compiling a program and, all of a sudden, there's an error because it needs a file you don't have. The program auto-apt asks you to install packages if they're needed, stopping the relevant process and continuing once the package is installed.

# auto-apt run./configure

It will then ask to install the needed packages and call apt-get automatically. If you're running X, a graphical interface will replace the default text interface.

dpkg command to get package information such as description of package, version etc. The syntax is: dpkg --info {.deb-package-name}

Pull up the man page for adding repos to apt-get

# man add-apt-repository
Note: at this point this command doesn't work, will look into it at some point soon.

At some point if you don’t know better you’re going to try and make apt-get install more automatically than it really needs to; you may succeed. Before you waste your time like I did and then go searching round for ways to undo safely the same way take a look at this quoted and condenced from hear (
I think that automatically adding all suggested packages would put a lot of cruft on your system. However, if you want it, you can get that behavior by adding a line to /etc/apt/apt.conf: Code: APT::Install-Recommends "true"; APT::Install-Suggests "true";

The second line will automate suggests and the first would automate installation of recommends. You can use either or both, though again, lots of cruft. If you don't yet have an /etc/apt/apt.conf file,you can create it and add just the one line.

If you have apt.conf setup like this, you can avoid installing recommends via: Code: apt-get --no-install-recommends install package

This will prevent apt from considering recommended packages as dependency for installing,even if apt.conf is configured to do so via "APT::Install-Recommends".

you can also specify the option on the command line, like this: sudo apt-get install <package> -o APT::Install-Suggests=true but apt-get install will follow the "suggests" for all installed packages, not just the one you are adding now.


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4:3:2 Command line commands for Linux

Set password for root
# passwd

Add a normal user. This command will also start a chain of user input requests to set up the user's "profile" its easy and better than running round as root all day.
# add-user[new-user-name]
# adduser[new-user-name]

Give normal user sudo permissions. Note depending on which environment you run this command you will need a password for root or the user's password for the sudo permissions or the password for the user, try'em all till one works and make a note of it.
# add-user sudo[user-name]
I've also used
# adduser [user-name] sudo

Login to new user. It will then request a password from you. Note when you type in your password there will be no indication on your display, this is a security feature.
# login[user-name]

Install packages to new user once logged in
#sudo apt-get install [package-name]

Get a list of installed packages
#dpkg --get-selections

Get some help with dpkg
#dpkg --help

4:3:3 Connectbot optimization guide
By this point I hope you've poked around in Connectbot and seen some things. We're going to use some of them here to make the boot and shutdown processes a bit easier. For theses steps you’ll want to follow steps 4:3:3-1 though 4:3:3-4 and then scroll down to the specific automation example and copy/paste it.

4:3:3-1. Linux Boot/Mount automation
  • Open Connectbot
  • Make a new local connection and title it 'linuxBoot' or something that will remind you not to open it more than once (if you do, don't worry, we can fix it)
  • Disconnect from 'linuxBoot' and then press and hold on it until a dialog pops up.
  • Select Edit Host, scroll down to ‘Post-login automation’ and select that too.
  • Past the following lines with the line breaks intact (you may have to go in with your finger and hit 'enter' in order to have the correct line breaks between commands) if your device took well to the system shortcut that the installer attempted to place for 'deb'.
deb s; deb x

  • Past the the following if you get errors saying that 'deb isn't recognized'. This is usually to do with not having full read/write permissions while your device is operating (sOff and sOn for example on some HTC devices)
export PATH=/data/local/deb:$PATH
deb s; deb x

  • The deb s causes linux to mount and start openssh-server so that you can connect to it from any ssh compatible device and get to the command line.
  • The deb x starts up lxde, which gives you a graphical user interface to interface with.
  • The export path command is kinda like a short cut. You can use that one for many things and is well worth experimenting with.
  • Save your settings by hitting 'ok' and backing out to connect bot's main screen.
  • Make a new local connection and title it something like 'linuxShutdown'
  • Repeat steps 3-5 or 6 and past one of the following

4:3:3-2 Linux Unmount/Kill automation

Paste the following lines into the separate new local connection’s ‘Post-login automation’ titled ‘linuxShutdown’ for a quick connection that you can use to safely shut down your connections, unmount the OS from where it hooks into the android system, and kill any remaining tasks.
deb S; deb X; deb u; deb k
export PATH=/data/local/deb:$PATH
deb S; deb X; deb u; deb k
  • capitalizing the 's' and 'x' from the 'linuxBoot' example sends the shutdown command to those two services
  • Unmount from system is what 'deb u' does, sometimes you'll see some errors
  • And 'deb k' forcibly kills whatever's left (usually whatever was causing the errors from running the 'deb u' command
  • Save and back out yet again to the main connectbot screen.

4:3:3-3. Connectbot “Local” SSH setup

Make a new connection, this time select ssh, if its not already selected by default and title it something like '[email protected]' just change the debian part to the name of the user you want to login as, such as root perhaps.
1. If you've left ssh running then skip to step 4:3:3-2. If you haven't started it then start it by
  • Selecting your 'linuxBoot' let it do its thing for a sec or hit 'enter' on your keyboard and let it do its thing for a second.
2. Once you've got ssh server up you can connect to it one of two ways that I know of.
  • First to test and daily for quick command line access: click on the ssh connection that was made in step 4:3:3-3 of this mini-guide and type the password for that user... and your in.
  • Second way is to connect with a different device: see section 7:1:2-2
Once you're in you may interact with it like a terminal window and most linux commands will work here with little to no modification. So utilize linux specific sources of information as I'd exhaust myself enumerating and cataloging all the things you can do.

4:3:3-4. Other good combos to use after using 'linuxBoot’

these are connections that I set up with connectbot to quickly run other repetitive tasks that I've saved and used as their own separate local connections. These can also be copy/paste into the command line usually too.
  • upgrade, update, start a search for something new to install
apt-get upgrade; apt-get update
apt-cache search
  • Clean out temp and cached files, remove unnecessary junk
apt-get clean; apt-get autoremove; apt-get update

  • Displays the manual for displaying manuals and the "| less" should make it display a bit frienlyer.
man man | less
4:3:4 Remote RDP debian kit Guide
1. Open Remote RDP, Press menu, Tap add and input the following modifications to the options:
  • Host=localhost

  • User=[your-user-name]
  • Password=[please-don't] can be a security risk
  • Color=24-bit
  • Screen=800X600 (though try others based on the physical size of your device)
  • Compress=checked On
  • Name=[[email protected]] (think you can name it whatever you like)
2. Back out to main Remote RDP screen and tap on the new connection you've set up.
3. There you will be greeted by either an error prompt (in which case check your settings in step one of this mini guide or run the boot commands described in step 4:3:3-6, specifically deb x) or you will see part of a desktop, window, and or mouse cursor. At this point; verify the username is correct, input your password for that user name, and hit enter.

Note if when you tap or drag on the screen and the mouse cursor follows your finger and not the gesture:
  • Back out to the main screen on Remote RDP
  • Press menu, tap settings; or tap the gear icon
  • Scroll down to Touchpad mode and either enable or disable
  • Familiarize yourself with some of the other settings while you're here as there are many user interface tweaks you can use.

4. Once you've successfully made a connection, chill for a sec. You're going to at first see a grayish screen, maybe a window bar at the bottom, and then (depending on the speed and available memory of your device) all the sudden it'll paint in a desktop for you to poke around in.

5. On the desktop that Remote RDP has wonderfully supplied; let's get rid of one pesky thing, the screen saver, its a resource and battery drain.
  • Mouse over to the lower left corner of the screen
  • There you will see a little 'symbol' click it and in a second it'll pop up a dialog.
  • Mouse over to options, then screen saver settings, and tap it
  • In the upper right quadrant of the new window you'll find a drop down menu with disable screensaver being one of them.
  • Select your choice, then exit out.
Note if logged in as root in Remote RDP you'll receive an error pop up window. In which case instead of mousing over to screensaver settings; mouse over to disable x screensaver under the other directory of the 'start bar' menu and click it. That should resolve having the screen saver coming on in the background while the screen is off and in no need of saving. Other methods welcome.

4:4 Rom Tool Box user Tips
If you've got it then you know its the best; if not, then try the free version and see if it will meet your needs before making the plunge to pro version.

4:4:1 Scripts
Here I will document scripts that I use or am working on.

Boot script

: '
starts the remote desktop protocol server and openssh server services and exits the bash automaticly
written for personal use by strangerthanbland 05182013 Use at own risk.
see guide for details on why this script is useful
Comments and suggestions can be directed to either of the above links
_set this to run at boot with rom tool box by copy/pasting in a new script file and tapping on it and selecting Run At Boot Option
_add a new script to rom tool box by opening the app on your device
__scrol down to scripter under the tools tab and tap it
___tap on add then create
____title it what you want and copy past this example from hash sine to the exit command
export PATH=/data/local/deb:$PATH
deb x; deb s

ShutDown Script

: '
Listens for the device's shutdown command and executes this as one of the shutdown processes


4:4:2 Perfomence Mods
The mods explained here are as always a "use at your own risk" sort of affair. What will be contained here? Governors, overclocking and undervolting, memory management, ad blocking, and many more when time permits.
4:4:3 General guide lines
The things that I suggest for ROM Tool Box are only from a user's perspective and are here for easy reference, documentation purposes, and to offer a different perspective. The guide lines for using the material found in sections 4:4:1 - 4:4:4 may be modified but are as follows:
  • Don't be foolish; this app can be dangerous
  • Understand your device(s) and my device(s) are different
  • Comments/problems about the app itself likely should be directed to the developer of that app
  • Comment/problems about the content here should be directed here to this document or one of it's mirrors
4:4:4 Useful tips
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5. Debugging\Known issues with solutions

5:1 debian install problems

So the first part of unpacking debian kit didn't work?
Troubleshoot it;
  • check that you're connected to a stable source of internet
  • check that the file path is correct and that there's no typos
  • check that the file downloaded is the correct file, redownload after deleting if not

5:2 debian manual install issues

So the second part where I'm making the loop image failed somewhere and things don't work right or left, do I toss my phone in disgust?
I've had this happen multiple times, kinda sucks when it's nearing the finish line, but to solve this
  • run the mk-debian -h command for manual install, edit the options until satisfied just like normal, except, you'll be presented with an option to format the existing, abort, and create new.
  • Choose your destiny like hitting e (format existing) and trying again with the install process.
Aside from that the other solution that I had to resort to was
  • reflashing my phones rom, kernel, gapps, and reinstalling only the apps required to perform the installation process.
This worked the best as it freed up most of the phones memory and kept the amount of background running tasks to a minimum. Fear not though as after installing linux and testing that it works I was then able to restore and redownload all the apps I had previously, it just meant that I had to re-unpack, re-install; so step one reset is what it turned out to become.
  • You may also try to create new with that command. I’ve yet to try this but I expect that running the mk-debian -h and changing the name of debian.img to a slightly different name than the one already on your storage device might allow you to test multiple distributions from the root of your sd card without having to uninstall the previously installed one. This is untested but may be useful for saving time and testing all of them by only sitting though the install process for each once instead of the uninstall, reinstall, and repeat fashion that I’ve had to use so far, think of it like installing multiple OS’s to different hard drives in your computer at home. The biggest issue that may be faced is mounting one specifically and keeping the others from mounting if one is already running and mounted, otherwise we’ll run into major slowdowns and errors I’m sure.

5:3 additional packages problems

So I tried to download and install a bunch of things with apt-get and things were going great until a (phone call, text message, random error, or disconnected prompt) shot everything I was plotting down, what do I do to complete the install or download?
Fret not once linux is installed and behaving itself(mostly) you're atop the shoulders of giants and all that is usually required is
  • re-running the apt-get command.
There should be a difference in size of archives to be downloaded or installed from the first time that the command was commanded, there may also be errors stating that some of the items are already present in which case we can ignore them(mostly).
If that doesn't work try running the
  • shutdown example in connectbot after logging out of any other things accessing the linux system, rebooting the device and trying again.

5:4 reinstallation problems

Things worked once then I thought I'd be clever and run the mk-debian command to format and replace the old debian img file because I filled the original and wanted, but I must have told it to do a bad thing because now I get errors like this (dump below). Can I recover or am I screwed?
ln: /system/bin/deb: Cannot allocate memory
Cannot create symlink /system/bin/deb. You need to start with /data/local/deb/deb

Everything looks fine. Type "deb" to start the second installation stage. Refer to /data/local/deb/debian-kit-*.html for further hints.
# /data/local/deb/deb
e2fsck 1.41.11 (14-Mar-2010)
/dev/block/vold/179_2: clean, 7402/432640 files, 92578/1297408 blocks
Segmentation fault
chroot: can't execute '/usr/bin/apt-get': No such file or directory
chroot: can't execute '/usr/bin/apt-key': No such file or directory
cat: write error: Broken pipe
Screwed. Going to have to try again, double check everything;
  • Devices kernel compatibility
  • Stable network connection
  • Distributions' compatibility
  • See section 8:2:4 and see if you can resolve it through brute force
maybe try a different distribution of linux. I'm still working on methods to recover without reinstallation, suggestions welcome.

5:5 How do I solve [My device/linux] issue(s)?

The google links provided can be used for quickly starting a search. Input the specifics of your search either by clicking the link and modifying the loaded pages' search bar or copy/paste them into your address bar and placing plus (+) signs between word instead of spaces.

XDA solved search link
XDA similar sites solved link (input modifications after solved)

Linux solved search link

5:6 How to do a dump like the author

You’ve put up a lot of text from the phone running linux, but whenever I try to select a bunch of connectbot it takes way too much time and never gets everything on the screen, especially the text that is off the screen, how do I make a dump like the author so I can get help with debugging?
I don’t dump with Connectbot; it just doesn’t work for that one task, instead I use ROM toolbox pro because I already purchased it for other tasks (best money I ever spent on an app) if you too have ROM tool box then follow the following directions for making dumps like mine.
  • open ROM toolbox pro and make sure you're under the ‘tools tab’ (far left hand side)
  • scroll down to ‘Terminal Emulator’ and tap it
  • input your “deb” command not “deb s or deb x” just “deb”
  • This should log you right into root after a second
  • log in as a user with sudo or skip to next step in this sequence
  • input the command that you want to investigate and let it run or produce error messages however it’s been doing so far
  • once the command is finished with outputting results; press and hold on your devices: screen
  • tap copy all
  • open a document creator like google drive and paste it in.
Note: if you run lots of commands in sequence and try to copy/paste over 15000 characters into a google doc it might force close out on you as that will tax most devices’ abilities.
  • Go through your log of everything that you pasted. For personal debugging I use color formatting and font sizing to show things that I can ignore, delete from the dump, highlight errors, that sort of thing.
Note: Once you've begun the last step its a good idea to be looking up solutions at the same time as at some point you'll be interrupted and seeing where the formatting modifications suddenly stop is a good bookmark for where to pick up again.
  • Take notes for personal use and compile solutions or methods to not encounter the issues again, past it into an educational forum with a "solved" or "mini guide" apart of its title so it can be quickly found and deployed freely.

5:7 Can I use this to completely replace my Android OS

All that I've read about this would lead me to say "no" . However, the device that you are working on is yours and you can try. Some things to consider though:
  • Debian Kit is dependent on Android for hardware compatibility
  • If you mess with your devices' internal partition tables and fail somewhere, then likely the device will be bricked
  • If you do succeed, then the device that you now have would lose many of its capabilities
  • Worst case scenario is perma-bricked
  • Best worst case scenario is semi-bricked or boot-looped
Mainly if you're after a native linux experience without Android fluff you'll likely want to seek out projects similar such as "ubuntu touch" or making your own custom kernel and rom that has the bare necessities for compatibility for your devices' hardware. This last option is an extencive project to undertake, but, thankfully many other people have posted guides along those lines.

5:8 How do I add repositories to Debian?
So I want to add repositories to Debian but I get error messages or I don’t want to manually edit the sources file; how do I do that? Answer; this requires that we first install ‘mr’ because squeeze unlike Ubuntu doesn’t come stock with an easy way to mess with repositories.
  • First open a command terminal or ssh connection with connectbot under your normal username
  • enter the following command to install
# sudo apt-get install mr
  • input your sudo password and accept that it will take about 3404kB on your system
  • once the install has completed run the following command to pull up the help page. Press ‘q’ on your keyboard at any time to exit the help.
# mr help
  • Now we can add or edit repositories with the following command.
# mr config

5:9 I get java vertual machine errors when trying to open jar files after following 7:4-4.2 Installing Java for ARM from source.
So I followed the directions to the letter now when I run a 'java -jar [path to jar file] I get the following errors



5:10 Sooooo what's the difference between the arm(hf) and arm(el) that's all over development sites and projects?



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6:1 Introduction

Yep I put this near the end, mostly so we don't have to look at this every time that we load the page.
There be a guide within the Debian Kit and some of this is very similar, however, typos and customization directions left me wanting a little more. So this all in one start to finish compilation and distillation of information is my contribution after months of google searching reading and hitting errors.
This is a guide for all devices capable of downloading Debian Kit from the android marketplace and for those users of android and linux hybrid systems that need a little help from time to time.
All credit for actual projects referred in this tutorial should of course go to the respective development teams and individuals, this guide is here to serve as a one stop shop of hints, links, and direction for starting your own dualboot mobile system of fantasticness . Some of the combinations of ideas and methods i would consider mine in the sense that i would consider a best seller cookie recipe that I cooked up to be mine, that being stated, I welcome you to use, test, and co-develop with me.
Feel free to question and or assist with this project as i’m no expert.
The Google Document that this is posted from is constantly being updated and should be used to keep the most current with this project. I will be doing updates to the XDA postings of this guide as often as I am able.

6:2 Disclaimer
I will accept no blame for what you of your free will choose to will yourself to choose to do... that being stated what follows assumes that root if not already achieved will be achieved before proceeding to download any of the suggested apps/packages/programs, furthermore you'll need a external source of of storage to install the Linux OS (like a sdCard), yet another prerequisite is considerable patience and time.

6:3 Note to forum Moderator
To the XDA Mod reading this: if posted in wrong section, please notify author and move as necessary; if incomplete and missing references, please notify author and be a little patient as this is still in construction and will continue to be updated until I feel its complete. Thank you and hello.

6:4 Statement of long term goal for this project
To the reader that is unsure as to what the author of this document is suggesting that we do with this (upon completion) full guide. Personal, private, mobile, cloud server is the tree of descriptors that most succinctly names the end goal. Starting from base rooted android system we'll install linux on to three or more "computers" from there we'll install cloud services; one will be the master or host or server, and the remaining two "computers" will have linux with cloud services and be designated as pupets or node. After that its a matter of networking the host and nodes to securely pass data and processes between one another so that when a process is run within the networked cloud system the result is a distributed workload across all the devices. Once that's up and running and debugged we'll install a GUI on top of the cloud system and run some desktop games using one device as a screen and as many other devices as user controls and process load distributors. In short turning recycled android phones into a supercomputer capable of doing super things; gaming just being the example task that I'll likely use to tax the all the devices as much as possible, bend it till it breaks kinda thing. From there its about looking for new ways to leverage such system to perform novel tasks because the android os is still there as well as all the hardware that can still perform tasks, such as your mic, camera, speakers, wireless antennas; I'll be looking into utilize as many inputs as possible, perhaps a mobile Watson that can see, hear, sense location velocity and orientation of each separate device... yep that's the challenge. The “cookie recipe” that I spoke of earlier is rooted and tangled in this concept; running cloud services on the arm processor has already been done, running cloud services on linux has been done, running linux has been done, gluing it all together while still having a cellphone or tablet to play on or text message with (to my knowledge) has not been done... yet...

6:5 Distillation of current project completion
Currently the guide can be followed as a companion to the readme that comes with debian kit, you can get up to the point that I am now. That means for every rooted android device you own you can have linux running operations along side by side, it's like having a pocket computer in every way... almost. From there you can use the apt-get commands much like we use the. Google play store market place (or whatever they renamed it to) to download and install programs (games, network pen testing software, image/video/audio converting and authoring software to suggest a few) or you can use it as a development platform for making games or applications for your phone on your phone, sky should be the limit, at least that's what I'm here to test

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7. Getting comfortable and customizing your new system
This section is dedicated to making your life easier if you're new to running Linux on Android. Many of these following guides will function no matter what method you use to run Linux on your device; for example I'll be testing ‘Limbo QEMU’ and ‘Linux on Android’ from the android marketplace, which use outright emulation or chroot “under the hood” so to speak to serve up a Linux environment, essentially giving you the same experience as ‘Debian Kit’... However, there will be some key differences in how the device’s hardware is accessed and I’ll have to split out the eccentricities in those methods so the main goal of the entire document can be achieved.
7:1 Connection Methods
Here will be a culmination of all the ways to connect to your linux system from another device or computer or make more than one linux device communicate with one or more devices.
7:1:1 Connecting locally
7:1:2 Connecting wirelessly through wifi
7:1:2-1: find your android's IP address
At some point you'll need the IP address for your device. To get this information back out to your devices' home screen:
  • Press menu and tap settings
  • Tap 'Wireless & networks'
  • Tap 'Wi-Fi'
  • Press menu and tap 'Advanced'
There you should find your device's IP address and have the option to 'Use static IP' if you know how to use such things. For now make note of your device's IP address and continue on with some of the ways to use this set of numbers.

7:1:2-2.1 Remote RDP in from a second android device
To do this you'll want to have; already started linux on the Host machine with a 'deb x' command though Connectbot, connected to a wifi access point, and know your IP address.
  • Open Remote RDP on the device that is not running Linux
  • Make a new connection by either tapping the plus (+) sign in the lower right of the screen or by pressing menu and tapping ‘add’
  • Type in the IP address of the device that is running linux into the 'Host' line at the top.
  • You may press back and then tap on your new connection to test it.
Note: you can always modify the other fields such as 'User' and 'Name' at a later time by disconnecting and then pressing and holding on the connection in Remote RDP main screen and tapping edit
  • Input your credentials (sometimes you have to do it twice, don't know why) and be amazed that the interface is actually a little peppier.
Now that you have remote access to the device you can now leave it on a charger somewhere and connect into it from rooms away; even if someone else is using it for browsing, and some gaming... I have yet to try it while receiving a phone call though so you may have to reconnect after the call disconnects and that could loose you a session of whatever you were doing, other's comments encouraged.
7:1:2-2.2 Remote RDP in from a second computer
Internal update: tested wile access point received call. Result, internet access dropped, connection between other device and computer stayed alive.
To perform these steps you’ll want a computer running a Remote Desktop Client. I’m using a laptop running Ubuntu 12.04 and I’m connected to the same wifi network as the device (myTouch 3gs) that I wish to connect to. The Android device and computer are connected to the same wifi access point. The program that I’m using on my laptop is ‘Remmia’ which came stock installed with my operating system. To call up the help documentation:
1. Open a terminal window on your computer
2. input the following command
# remmina --help
3. This will either result in your system saying that you don’t have that package installed and maybe a message too stating that it can be installed through an ‘apt-get’ command OR you’ll receive a helpful message.
  • if you get errors; then search on google for an equivalent application that comes on your operating system and see if you can’t use that instead of installing yet another thing to your computer.
  • if you get a helpful message; then continue to the next step of this mini-guide.
4. type the following command in your computer’s terminal window to open a new window for creating a new connection.
# remmina --new
5. There will be a bunch of options but right now we’re concerned with the ‘Server’ line. Input your device’s IP address (see section 7:1:2-1 if you need help finding that)
6. Under ‘Resolution’ choose ‘Custom’ and pick something reasonable or leave it at ‘640x480’
7. Mouse down to the ‘Color depth’ option and choose ‘High color (16 bpp)’
8. Click ‘Connect to test without saving or click ‘Save’ to save it for later
9. Once you click connect a new window should appear, and, if you’ve already used ‘Remote RDP’ on the android side of things you’ll likely know exactly what to do here... if not follow the next steps
10. Input your username and password and simit. You may receive the usual error message stating that it couldn’t connect; just try it a second time, input your username and password and try logging in.
11. Once logged in; jump to any other part of this guide and enjoy your linux box on a bigger screen.
12. To re-open and re-connect to the device after shutting down or being disconnected, run the following command to open ubuntu’s RDP
# remmina

7:1:3 Connecting wirelessly through bluetooth
Using the ‘apt-cache search’ command and adding bluetooth seems to return results for obtaining drivers and I’ll be updating this section with source file install instructions when I get around to it. I worn you things of of this nature have the potential for abuse just like wireshark in end result, however, the other much more pressing matter is transmitting data such as audio to another device based on location data from the GPS so we can make a surround sound system that automatically transmits and plays the correct audio from the correct direction to the point selected as center or main listener compensating for the speed at which sound travels at your specific altitude. (this is another cookie recipe I’ll be cooking up)
7:1:4 Connecting wirelessly through data network
7:1:5 Connecting wirelessly through atana directly
7:1:6 Connecting through USB with computer
7:1:7 Connecting through USB with USB host mode
7:1:8 Connecting through visible light spectrum ml
Saw a presintation on that leads me to believe the software to make the screen of one phone talk to the front facing camera on another phone and back again may already be availible for linux somewhere. Found some links so the interested can dream with me.
7:1:9 Connecting though invisible light spectrum
This is nothing fancy just another name for 'beaming' files though inferred. It might require that I take apart some remote controls for old tvs and usb charging cable, but it be sweet to have a universal tv remote pug for android.
7:1:10 Connecting though directed/focused light
Yep we're talking about linux android hybrids with frickin lasers shooting out of them.
7:1:11 Connecting through audible sound
Were talking modum squeal and phone line compatibility as there are already good directions for a USB phone line adapter and USB host mode for many android devices, so why not.
7:1:12 Connecting though inaudible sound
Think really high frequencies for device to device communication of live location short range radar like setup.
Think really low frequencies for communicating through solid objects such as tables.
Think multi touch table when you set your phone down. Seen some development.
Think keylogger from across a conference table; project already exists.

7:2 Customization of GUI
Order and numbering of this subsection is subject to change, thus any comments should also reference it's subsection title. Here we'll have a compilation of ways to make your mobile viewing and interaction a more pleasant experience. These commands and directions will either be run on a terminal window or on the linux desktop within Remote RDP.
7:2:1 Saving Electrons
1. Turn off the screen saver.
  • Mouse over to the lower left corner of the screen
  • There you will see a little 'symbol' click it and in a second it'll pop up a dialog.
  • Mouse over to options, then screen saver settings, and tap it
  • In the upper right quadrant of the new window you'll find a drop down menu with disable screensaver being one of them.
  • Select your choice, then exit out. (See note and source above 4:3:4-5)
2. Turn off the CPU monitor
  • Open Remote RDP and login as your user with your password
  • Once the GUI has loaded send the right click command to the window bar and select 'Add / Remove Panel Items'
  • Select 'CPU Usage Monitor'
  • Click on remove
  • Close the window
3. Set auto lock
  • Mouse over to the lower left corner of the screen
  • There you will see a little 'symbol' click it and in a second it'll pop up a dialog.
  • Mouse over to options, then screen saver settings, and tap it
  • In the 'Display Modes' tab select the check box 'Lock Screen After'
  • Set the time to the desired amount of inactivity in minutes
  • Close the window and wait that long to test it.

4. Set auto shutdown?

7:2:2 Making it Pretty
1. Change your background
  • Open Remote RDP and login as your user with your password
  • Once the GUI has loaded send the right click command to the virtual desktop by either
    • Double tap+hold for a second or two, then release OR
    • Pressing menu on your device
    • Tapping ‘Mouse’
    • A circle will appear that you may tap and drag to control the mouse
    • 4 options will briefly pop up when you lift your finger away from that circle
    • 3 option from the left will send a right click command to the mouse, use it AND
  • Mouse down to ‘Desktop Preferences’ and tap it
  • A new window will appear after a moment
  • Within the new window under the Appearance tab you’ll find your ‘Wallpaper’ settings and an option to set it.
  • when you choose the option to change your wallpaper a new window/file browser will open. And there you may set a new one and discover where to put pictures from your android side so that they may be quickly accessed for wallpapering your desktop.
2. Change your theme

3. Change the location of your Task Bar

4. Task Bar customization
  • Open Remote RDP and login as your user with your password
  • Once the GUI has loaded send the right click command to the window bar and select 'Add / Remove Panel Items'
From here we can do a great many things to customize your experience but for now I'll step ya through duplicating my setup.
  • Mouseover to 'Add'
  • In the new pop up dialog choose 'Application Launch Bar' and click 'Add'
  • In the main window now select 'Edit' and minimise the Panel Preferences window for now.
  • In the Application Launch Bar window that popped behind select 'Accessories' and select 'Root Terminal'
  • Click the 'Add' button
  • Select 'LXTerminal' and click the 'Add' button
  • Close out of the Application Launch Bar when you're done adding shortcuts and restore the Panel Preferences window
  • Click on the 'Up' button until the selected application shortcuts are where they should be

7:3 Making things happen without excessive user input
1. Automount script that prompts then runs linux mount after device boot?

2. Disabling the prompt for the automount script.

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7:4 Methods of installing or unpacking

1. Moving files between android and linux when their dual-booted.

2. Un-zipping packages and the .rar's that sometimes get in the mix.

3. Installing or running .sh formated installers or scripts.

7:4-4. Installing from sources.
Apt-get is great for installing and uninstalling a plethora of fun and usefull software, however, it’s not going to be the magic bullet for installing everything you may want on your new linux system. What follows are the steps that I take when installing experimental and unsupported software to my devices. As always be careful when copying what I suggest here as your system may have differences to mine.
7:4-4.1 Unpacking tar.gz files
At some point you'll run into the need to extract or unpack something that you can't normally install. For this example I'll show you how to unpack java from sun built to run on ARM linux; you may find it at the link bellow and then download and copy to a new folder in your home directory named 'SourceFiles' or something that you'll remember.
1. Run the following commands to back out with change directory to the root comand line, then the next to extract the file
# cd /home/[username]/SourceFiles
# sudo tar -xzvf /home/[username]/SourceFiles/ejre-*
2. Input your password and let it sit for a bit
3. Next we'll move to the next section; installing Java for ARM
7:4-4.2 Installing Java for ARM from source
1. First to make sure my system is cleaned or purged of openjdk I ran the following command.
# sudo apt-get purge openjdk*
2. Make a new folder in the "usr/lib" called "jvm" by first "cd" over to it in the command window
# cd /usr/lib
3. Then make the directory or file with:
# sudo mkdir /jvm
4. Then we move the extracted source files over to jvm folder found under the [root directory of your device]/usr/lib/
# sudo cp -rv /home/[username]/SourceFiles/ejrel1.7.0_21/ /usr/lib/jvm/
Note: if you get "cp: cannot stat..." errors; then run
# cd ~
To get back to the root of your bash screen and try again.
Note: the letter 'v' in both the "cp -rv /home*" and the "tar -xzvf /home*" commands can be removed to keep the amount of text whizzing by to a minimum.
5. Then we create a system link in “sbin/java” that points back to where java is located (think of it like a shortcut that your system can use to run Java commands without asking you where it’s installed) with the following command
# sudo ln -fs /usr/lib/jvm/lib/java /sbin/java
Note: in the above command; the "-fs" part = 'f' forces the link, this makes it so that you can re-run this command if it messes up the first time and the 's' part = create a symbolic link, this is like a short cut... sort of, there are different kinds and you can find more by using
# ln --help
in a terminal window.
Note: the "/usr/lib/jvm/lib/java" part of the command = the full path to wherever the java executable really is and the "/sbin/java" part = where your system normally puts links in. These parts may need changing in odd cases, but, if you've followed along so far without issue then it should be 'safe' to continue.
6. Finally we check that the system can now find java with the following command
# java -version
7. Lone behold you'll likely get an error message stating how "java" isn't a bash command. All is not lost though; we just need to take this to the next guide... 4:2-4.3 Adding Commands to Bash... I know this because you can check your java version by running
# /usr/lib/jvm/lib/java -version
7:4-4.3 Adding Commands to Bash
There be two ways to go about this; one is temporary and uses the alias command in a terminal window, it lasts until your connection ends; the other is getting into your linux bash command file and adding the commands, this will last until you overwrite it again or restore it from a backup of the original or reinstall the entire linux distro, this carries small risk of breaking your install but it seems worth the trouble...
1. Open Remote RDP and log in as a normal user
2. Open the file browser (navigate to the home directory for your user if you're not already there)
3. Mouseover to 'view' at the top of the window (its between 'bookmarks' and 'tools') and select 'show hidden files'
4. Make a new folder for backups of linux system files and a new folder in that explaining where to put the back up. For example mine looks like this: /home/[username]/BackItUP/found_in_home.[username]/[file-that-i-backed-up]
5. Find the file called ".bashrc"
6. Copy the file to the backups folder
7. Open the file ".bashrc" under the original file path eg: "/home/[username]/" with leafpad
8. Ensure the part about aliases has the 'if' statement not commented out. Meaning that if you scroll all the way down in leafpad there should be no '#' before the 'if [ -f ~bash_aliasas*' where you to find one remove it and save the changes
9. Make a new file in your home directory titled '.bash_aliases' by sending the right click command to a blank spot in your home directory and selecting new and selecting create new blank file
Note. If you don't still have hidden files set as visible then the new file will not show up until you do.
10. Open the new file with leafpad and add aliases using the following format
# alias<desired alias>='<linux_command>'
So for this case we'll use this following command to make an alias for java so it can finely run free.
alias java='/usr/lib/jvm/lib/java'
Note: the single quotes around the file path need to be there.
11. Save and test.
Note: you may have to restart your connection ie: log out and back in for the changes to take effect. Totaly worked for me though
Note install prossess not yet compleat; running '.jar' files still return errors. Now trying some new commands:
To let the system know there's a new program to play with we'll use the following command

# sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/lib/jvm/lib/java" 1

And to make it the default runtime for java commands we'll use the next command

# sudo update-alternatives --set java /usr/lib/jvm/lib/java

Navigate to the /ect folder on the root of your device and open the enviroment file with LeafPad; add the following lines and save it (of course make a back up befor aplying changes) log out and log back in for changes to take effect


Edit your bashrc file with:
nano ~/.bashrc

And add the following two lines to the tail end and sava and exit:
export JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm"
export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin

7:4:4.1- Installing Map Tools
Map tools is Java dependent, meaning that the first steps will involve searching and installing a Java runtime environment with the steps in 7:4-4.1. Then we'll download a map tools zip, unpack it and run the '.jar' file NOT the .sh or .exe as the former is broken and the latter is for windows.
1. Navigate your android browser or iceweasel over to the following link and download ‘’
2. Once the download has finished open up a file browser on either OS and copy/past the .zip file over to the following example file path
3. Now to unpack/unzip the file...
  • if this is the first time that your linux distribution you’ll be prompted to select an application to open .zip files with.
  • in which case you can select the triangle next to ‘other’
  • scroll down to ‘xarchiver’ and select it and move to step 4 of this mini guide
... or
  • if this is not the first time that you’ve unzipped something with your linux distribution
  • just send the ‘right click’ command to the ‘.zip’ file
  • select extract and move to step 4 of this mini guide
4. Select where you want to extract by ‘clicking’ on the folder icon and in the new window that pops up navigate to the location that you want to extract to.
5. Once maptools has been extracted its time to open a terminal, either though connectbot ssh or by clicking on the programs menu button, mousing up to accessories and clicking on either terminal window option.

7:4:4:2 Solved: Installing jMonkey on Android

1. Download jMonkey from their website. For Linux you’ll want the one ending in ‘*.sh’ and then transfer it to the linux os partition or file structure so you have full read/write permissions over it from the linux side of things
2. Open a file browser in your prefered RDP GUI application and navigate to the ‘’ file; for me I put it in ‘/home/[user-name]/Downloads
3. Right click the ‘*.sh’ file and click ‘Properties’
4. In the ‘File Properties’ window that pops up, after a sec, click on the ‘Permissions’ tab and mouse over to the box that has the words ‘Make the file executable’ and click the box so that it shows a “check mark” instead of a “minus sign or dash”
5. Click the ‘Ok’ button on the ‘File Properties’ window and open a new terminal window (it’s best not to use connectbot ssh or a terminal emulator for running this command as it will need a GUI in a second to load in) and put in the following commands, adjusting the file path to yours would be a good idea.
# sh /home/[user-name]/Downloads/
# sudo sh /home/[user-name]/Downloads/
it’s going to hang out and do nothing for a minute right around line ‘Configuring the installer...’ and again at line ‘Extracting installation data...’ but will eventually start a GUI installation window with a red loading bar and stuff or it’ll throw-up a message like...

...(authers reminder to self ?/home/[UN]/Downloads/jmonkeyUserDump)...
If so then:
6. Assuming all is well and slowly moving you’ll be presented with the jMonkey installation wizard and you can run through the process of selecting where java runtime files can be found and where to extract the jMonkey collection of development tools. It's going to take a minute or sixty but, if you sit back and let it do it’s thing without much else going on on the device, jMonkey will eventually install successfully.
7. It’s not over just yet, once jMonkey is unpacked, installed, knows where “openjdk” or “Java JDK” is (I successfully tested this with openjdk-jdk and it’s family of openjdk packages installed on the device; using an ‘apt-get install’ command’ before running the jMonkey installer) and opens for the first time; you need to mouse over to ‘help’ at the top of the jMonkey window and mouse over to ‘check for updates’ and click it. This step is the one that everyone forgets in their excitement and one of the top reasons for people to search for error fixes right after installing jMonkey. The author on the main page of jMonkey’s install help guide states these steps but there be a lot of words there and it’s right near the top of the text block so I and many others have missed it.
8. After updating jMonkey though the help drop down menu you are ready to rock and roll. Try mousing over to ‘File’ click it and mouse down to ‘new project’ click it and click ‘Next’ and ‘Finish’ to keep default settings, wait a second or two, and start making stuff that can then be exported out to formats that are compatible on just about any device and any os you may want to write a game for.
9. For help with this specific program “jMonkey” you should direct your attention to:
and for help with getting jMonkey to run on android with linux dual booted; then direct your attention here on this document and it’s mirrors.
You can comment on the program itself here too but, as I’m not the developer of the program, my knowledge of what make’s it work and not work is very trial and error at times. My primary concern is making it easy to install on your device so that developers on that site have another method/platform to do developing with.

Next up?... Syncing files between your android, dual booted Linux distro, And your home PC.
Why? Because being able to sync between all your devices seamlessly will allow quicker development for these systems on the whole.
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8:2:4 Example of the first time you run deb command (see sections 5:4 , 1:3:2-7)

# /data/local/deb/deb
e2fsck 1.41.11 (14-Mar-2010)
b: clean, 5498/432640 files, 99548/1297408 blocks
I: Installing core packages...
I: Unpacking required packages...
I: Unpacking libacl1...
I: Unpacking libattr1...
I: Unpacking base-files...
I: Unpacking base-passwd...
I: Unpacking bash...
I: Unpacking libbz2-1.0...
I: Unpacking coreutils...
I: Unpacking dash...
I: Unpacking libdb4.8...
I: Unpacking debconf-i18n...
I: Unpacking debconf...
I: Unpacking debianutils...
I: Unpacking diffutils...
I: Unpacking dpkg...
I: Unpacking e2fslibs...
I: Unpacking e2fsprogs...
I: Unpacking libcomerr2...
I: Unpacking libss2...
I: Unpacking libc-bin...
I: Unpacking libc6...
I: Unpacking findutils...
I: Unpacking gcc-4.4-base...
I: Unpacking libgcc1...
I: Unpacking libstdc++6...
I: Unpacking grep...
I: Unpacking gzip...
I: Unpacking hostname...
I: Unpacking insserv...
I: Unpacking lsb-base...
I: Unpacking liblocale-gettext-perl...
I: Unpacking libselinux1...
I: Unpacking libsepol1...
I: Unpacking libtext-charwidth-perl...
I: Unpacking libtext-iconv-perl...
I: Unpacking libtext-wrapi18n-perl...
I: Unpacking mawk...
I: Unpacking libncurses5...
I: Unpacking ncurses-base...
I: Unpacking ncurses-bin...
I: Unpacking libpam-modules...
I: Unpacking libpam-runtime...
I: Unpacking libpam0g...
I: Unpacking perl-base...
I: Unpacking sed...
I: Unpacking sensible-utils...
I: Unpacking login...
I: Unpacking passwd...
I: Unpacking libslang2...
I: Unpacking initscripts...
I: Unpacking sysv-rc...
I: Unpacking bsdutils...
I: Unpacking libblkid1...
I: Unpacking libuuid1...
I: Unpacking mount...
I: Unpacking liblzma2...
I: Unpacking sysvinit-utils...
I: Unpacking sysvinit...
I: Unpacking tar...
I: Unpacking tzdata...
I: Unpacking util-linux...
I: Unpacking xz-utils...
I: Unpacking zlib1g...
I: Configuring required packages...
I: Configuring ncurses-base...
I: Configuring sensible-utils...
I: Configuring libc-bin...
I: Configuring gcc-4.4-base...
I: Configuring libc6...
I: Configuring debianutils...
I: Configuring bsdutils...
I: Configuring libsepol1...
I: Configuring libgcc1...
I: Configuring libncurses5...
I: Configuring libattr1...
I: Configuring e2fslibs...
I: Configuring base-passwd...
I: Configuring libcomerr2...
I: Configuring mawk...
I: Configuring libdb4.8...
I: Configuring hostname...
I: Configuring libacl1...
I: Configuring libslang2...
I: Configuring libss2...
I: Configuring liblzma2...
I: Configuring insserv...
I: Configuring gzip...
I: Configuring libbz2-1.0...
I: Configuring libselinux1...
I: Configuring libstdc++6...
I: Configuring coreutils...
I: Configuring ncurses-bin...
I: Configuring diffutils...
I: Configuring tar...
I: Configuring zlib1g...
I: Configuring base-files...
I: Configuring xz-utils...
I: Configuring dpkg...
I: Configuring sysvinit-utils...
I: Configuring dash...
I: Configuring perl-base...
I: Configuring libtext-iconv-perl...
I: Configuring sed...
I: Configuring grep...
I: Configuring findutils...
I: Configuring liblocale-gettext-perl...
I: Configuring bash...
I: Configuring libtext-charwidth-perl...
I: Configuring libtext-wrapi18n-perl...
I: Configuring lsb-base...
I: Configuring debconf-i18n...
I: Configuring debconf...
I: Configuring libpam0g...
I: Configuring sysv-rc...
I: Configuring libpam-modules...
I: Configuring tzdata...
I: Configuring passwd...
I: Configuring libpam-runtime...
I: Configuring initscripts...
I: Configuring login...
I: Configuring libuuid1...
I: Configuring sysvinit...
I: Configuring libblkid1...
I: Configuring util-linux...
I: Configuring mount...
I: Configuring e2fsprogs...
I: Unpacking the base system...
I: Unpacking adduser...
I: Unpacking apt-utils...
I: Unpacking apt...
I: Unpacking aptitude...
I: Unpacking libboost-iostreams1.42.0...
I: Unpacking bsdmainutils...
I: Unpacking cpio...
I: Unpacking cron...
I: Unpacking libcwidget3...
I: Unpacking debian-archive-keyring...
I: Unpacking libgdbm3...
I: Unpacking gnupg...
I: Unpacking gpgv...
I: Unpacking groff-base...
I: Unpacking ifupdown...
I: Unpacking iproute...
I: Unpacking iptables...
I: Unpacking iputils-ping...
I: Unpacking isc-dhcp-client...
I: Unpacking isc-dhcp-common...
I: Unpacking logrotate...
I: Unpacking libept1...
I: Unpacking libnfnetlink0...
I: Unpacking libsigc++-2.0-0c2a...
I: Unpacking libusb-0.1-4...
I: Unpacking man-db...
I: Unpacking manpages...
I: Unpacking module-init-tools...
I: Unpacking nano...
I: Unpacking libncursesw5...
I: Unpacking net-tools...
I: Unpacking netbase...
I: Unpacking netcat-traditional...
I: Unpacking libnewt0.52...
I: Unpacking libssl0.9.8...
I: Unpacking libpopt0...
I: Unpacking procps...
I: Unpacking libreadline6...
I: Unpacking readline-common...
I: Unpacking rsyslog...
I: Unpacking libsqlite3-0...
I: Unpacking info...
I: Unpacking install-info...
I: Unpacking libudev0...
I: Unpacking libxapian22...
I: Unpacking whiptail...
I: Unpacking tasksel-data...
I: Unpacking tasksel...
I: Unpacking traceroute...
I: Unpacking udev...
I: Unpacking vim-common...
I: Unpacking vim-tiny...
I: Unpacking wget...
I: Configuring the base system...
I: Configuring module-init-tools...
I: Configuring libgdbm3...
I: Configuring isc-dhcp-common...
I: Configuring libpopt0...
I: Configuring libusb-0.1-4...
I: Configuring libxapian22...
I: Configuring install-info...
I: Configuring libssl0.9.8...
I: Configuring vim-common...
I: Configuring netbase...
I: Configuring libudev0...
I: Configuring adduser...
I: Configuring traceroute...
I: Configuring manpages...
I: Configuring libsqlite3-0...
I: Configuring iproute...
I: Configuring wget...
I: Configuring groff-base...
I: Configuring libnewt0.52...
I: Configuring net-tools...
I: Configuring bsdmainutils...
I: Configuring libsigc++-2.0-0c2a...
I: Configuring netcat-traditional...
I: Configuring libncursesw5...
I: Configuring info...
I: Configuring iputils-ping...
I: Configuring cron...
I: Configuring nano...
I: Configuring udev...
I: Configuring libboost-iostreams1.42.0...
I: Configuring rsyslog...
I: Configuring cpio...
I: Configuring isc-dhcp-client...
I: Configuring vim-tiny...
I: Configuring readline-common...
I: Configuring libnfnetlink0...
I: Configuring man-db...
I: Configuring procps...
I: Configuring whiptail...
I: Configuring ifupdown...
I: Configuring libreadline6...
I: Configuring logrotate...
I: Configuring libcwidget3...
I: Configuring iptables...
I: Configuring gpgv...
I: Configuring gnupg...
I: Configuring debian-archive-keyring...
I: Configuring apt...
I: Configuring libept1...
I: Configuring apt-utils...
I: Configuring aptitude...
I: Configuring tasksel-data...
I: Configuring tasksel...
I: Base system installed successfully.

Your next steps: enter 'apt-get update' to fetch package lists, and 'apt-get install andromize' to add a small packet that further adapts Debian to the Android environment.

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