Using Android SDK on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

written by rory, on Nov 4, 2009 11:30:46 AM.

I have an Android Dev G1 phone. It's still running firmware 1.0, which is positively ancient. I want to upgrade it. I plugged in my android phone and ran "adb devices" to check that it was detected. It didn't come up. It used to work. I described how to do it a previous blog post. Some googling showed that things have changed recently. Despite what this page from Google says, you can't get it to work that way. Thanks to this blog post for point me in the right direction.

You need to create a new udev file

$ sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules

Then put the following lines into it:

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="0bb4", SYMLINK+="android_adb" MODE="0666"

Then restart udev:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/udev restart
$ sudo service udev restart

Then plug your device in and you should see it with "adb devices"


  • I tried this manipulation a couple of days ago but didn't think about restarting. Problem fixed, thanks !

    Comment by Laura C√©libataire — Nov 13, 2009 1:30:19 PM | # - re

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