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    Default What is Busybox?

    Just rooted, I'm very new to this. I'm about to do a nandroid backup, but I also wanted to use the Titanium backup app, it says to verify that my ROM is rooted (it is) and that it includes Busybox. I did a market search for it but I didn't find anything. What is it and where do I get it?
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    Busy Box is something that you install on your Droid to give you some additional handy LINUX / UNIX based commands. You need Busy Box installed because some commands are not available to you and you made need them for some root level tasks. Here is some info on what Busy Box is.

    BusyBox

    Here are some good instructions for installing Busy Box. Sorry to direct you to someplace outside of this site. I am sure you can find other instructions in Android Forums, they all should be basically the same.

    Install Busybox | Root Your Droid

    Keep in mind that you will also need to have the Android SDK installed on your machine as well so you can run the ADB commands. I hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethan View Post
    Just rooted, I'm very new to this. I'm about to do a nandroid backup, but I also wanted to use the Titanium backup app, it says to verify that my ROM is rooted (it is) and that it includes Busybox. I did a market search for it but I didn't find anything. What is it and where do I get it?
    In Titanium Backup if you hit the problems button, it will download and install busybox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebruot View Post
    In Titanium Backup if you hit the problems button, it will download and install busybox.
    Excellent tip. I use Titanium and I never noticed this option.
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    awesome! saved me so much time
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    Quote Originally Posted by pspringer View Post
    Excellent tip. I use Titanium and I never noticed this option.
    Me either!
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    thanks for the info, I know it was required to do cp command to try and allow 3rd party apps on my Att Captivate after I rooted.

    just wasnt sure what it actually did... LOL,

    makes sense.
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    okay i have a htc incredible, never really messed around with the android system at all, very new to all this. now i downloaded and installed clockmodrecovery, i downgraded my phone from 2.3.4 to 2.2, i ran unrevoked, also installed the s-off tool which it is, but root check still says my phone isnt rooted. and busybox wont work, wut is the missing part in my equation? a quik reply would be awesome i been workin on tryin to do this for past 2 days
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    Just rooted. I understand what busybox is what I haven't figured out from looking at the app is how to enter commands.
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    You need a terminal app to enter commands. Like android terminal emulator, or SMWidgets (more complex)
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    i'm new with this.....and i like its features .......but when i tried un-installing it, there is an error....is it normal?
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    Okay i just rooted my phone im veryy veryy new to this. I have busy box n i dont know what app to downlaod to use it or how to use it. and what rooting my phone really did please help
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    Maybe this answer comes a bit late, but here it is. BusyBox is a program that provides all the commands required to make a good embedded linux environment within android. This type of environment is required for rooted apps to work so that they can have access to the system at a lower level which otherwise would not have been possible.

    You can find the top three busybox installers here: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=busybox

    Also, you can read more about it here: BusyBox and BusyBox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Now you may ask what rooting is... Android by default is very locked down. This is so that the attack surface area for malware or exploits is less. Rooting is the process by which an external program is inserted into your android system so that it will grant administrator level access to applications that request it. Usually rooting means to have a combination of su or a superuser app and busybox inserted into the system. You can find superuser apps here: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=superuser

    Please note that you need to be rooted so that you can install those apps. Read more about android rooting and superuser here: Android rooting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .

    Also avoid the usage of rooting in Australia as it is a slang there

    If you need to get your phone rooted, you will find ways to do so by searching your phone/device model + root as search term in XDA forums, or you can try this method by bin4ry: Root MANY ANDROID! [Upd: 18.06.2013] - Switched to improved method - xda-developers

    Please note that your Warranty may be void if you root your device depending on carrier and manufacturer.

    Disclaimer, I am the developer of BusyBox X Installer and superuser X. So based on this post, do not be affected/compelled in your decision which apps to install.
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