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    Hi just a quick note, I'm possibly doing something very wrong but I just got my Ubuntu install sorted just in case the Windows method doesn't work for me and I can't get the Android SDK mentioned above to work, I downloaded the ZIP file, extracted to a folder but running adb-linux or fastboot-linux with or without sudo returns :

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    fastboot-linux: command not found
    Instead I downloaded and unzipped the SDK from here :

    When running fastboot or adb is states that it is not installed so I installed both using :

    sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb

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    sudo apt-get install android-tools-fastboot

    Then when running them it worked fine for me. I've yet to try it but just thought I'd mention it, sorry if I'm being a total moron, Linux isn't my normal OS so it could well be huge user error on my part. Feel free to delete this post if it confuses people.....by being wrong!

    By the way, the version numbers downloaded from the repo for each were "Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.29" and "4.1.1+git20120801-1" for the Fastboot version. This was running Ubuntu 12.10 64bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peejay1977 View Post
    Hi just a quick note, I'm possibly doing something very wrong but I just got my Ubuntu install sorted just in case the Windows method doesn't work for me and I can't get the Android SDK mentioned above to work, I downloaded the ZIP file, extracted to a folder but running adb-linux or fastboot-linux with or without sudo returns :

    Code:
    adb-linux: command not found
    fastboot-linux: command not found
    Instead I downloaded and unzipped the SDK from here :

    When running fastboot or adb is states that it is not installed so I installed both using :

    sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb

    and

    sudo apt-get install android-tools-fastboot

    Then when running them it worked fine for me. I've yet to try it but just thought I'd mention it, sorry if I'm being a total moron, Linux isn't my normal OS so it could well be huge user error on my part. Feel free to delete this post if it confuses people.....by being wrong!

    By the way, the version numbers downloaded from the repo for each were "Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.29" and "4.1.1+git20120801-1" for the Fastboot version. This was running Ubuntu 12.10 64bit.

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    This script will install the sdk and everything you absolutely need for you, setup adb and fastboot in your PATH properly, and even installs scripts so you can right-click files to push them to your sdcard, among other awesome things. Check it out!
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    Awesome, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2defmouze View Post
    And again Koush pushed an update.. 6.0.1.9 linked in the OP
    Hey 2defmouze, you've helped me a lot, I really appreciate it. Got another newbie question for you though.

    I am rooted, I have the Super SU icon and all of my root only apps are working great, so is there a reason for me to use the 6.0.1.9.img that you just linked to? If so, do I just follow your guide and push it like I did the first .img? Also, if I push this new recovery, do I need to re-install super su?

    Thanks for all the help man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saiga View Post
    Hey 2defmouze, you've helped me a lot, I really appreciate it. Got another newbie question for you though.

    I am rooted, I have the Super SU icon and all of my root only apps are working great, so is there a reason for me to use the 6.0.1.9.img that you just linked to? If so, do I just follow your guide and push it like I did the first .img? Also, if I push this new recovery, do I need to re-install super su?

    Thanks for all the help man!
    You will definitely want to grab the updated recovery image and flash it / use it going forward. Koush noted that it fixes errors that happened when restoring backups and when trying to permanently flash the recovery, so you will want to have the latest, bug free version. You won't need to re-root or do anything else though, this is just for your recovery, won't affect your current system at all
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    Awesome, sounds good! I went ahead and put the new stuff on my phone, the grey screen with a top hat said 6.0.1.9 at the bottom, so I assume I did that part of it right. But I am now wondering how we return to that screen in the future.

    Also, While I was on that screen, I went ahead and did a backup, but I have no idea where those back ups go afterwards. Are they stored on the device itself?

    Thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saiga View Post
    Awesome, sounds good! I went ahead and put the new stuff on my phone, the grey screen with a top hat said 6.0.1.9 at the bottom, so I assume I did that part of it right. But I am now wondering how we return to that screen in the future.

    Also, While I was on that screen, I went ahead and did a backup, but I have no idea where those back ups go afterwards. Are they stored on the device itself?

    Thanks again
    I don't know if you permanently flashed it (few things I'm not quite clear on and won't be til I get my hands on one of these things, lol)... but to get back to recovery you can:
    A. Power down and reboot to the bootloader (volume down and power), use volume to scroll to recovery, and select it. If that gets you there, great, if it gives you the infamous Android with the red triangle then you're looking at stock recovery, and just need to
    B. Fastboot boot yourself into CWM just like you did earlier. ROM Manager is another option (though I HATE it and advise against it) that will save you time or if you don't have access to a computer with fastboot. Inside ROM Manager tap Flash recovery, then boot to recovery. Note than unless you buy RM premium I believe it will only flash the non-touch version, which just means you'll need to use the volume keys to scroll around it and power to select things.

    Also if (A) is the case and recovery is permanent, you can save steps by downloading an app like that will give you options to boot straight to recovery or the bootloader if you need.

    As for the backups themselves, they are stored in your internal sdcard, under /sdcard/0/clockworkmod I think. Try not to screw around in that folder, lol. I think you will see a "blobs" directory in there that you shouldn't touch at all, while the individual backups are sorted by date and you could delete them if you are in need of space or something, although the blobs feature means that the backups don't take up that much space anymore. Sorry if that doesn't make much sense, I'm going from memory here haha.
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    I did what you said, and recovery mode does bring me to the red triangle screen with "no command" in under it. IS that bad?

    Also, I'm not finding a clockworkmod folder anywhere on my Nexus 4. I even searched in windows explore and nothing turned up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saiga View Post
    I did what you said, and recovery mode does bring me to the red triangle screen with "no command" in under it. IS that bad?

    Also, I'm not finding a clockworkmod folder anywhere on my Nexus 4. I even searched in windows explore and nothing turned up.
    No its not bad at all, the command in the guide isn't supposed to flash it so that's normal, you'll just have to boot into recovery the same way as is in the guide for now. Although while you are in recovery I thought CWM had an option to stick itself and keep you from reverting to stock recovery, you can look around it and see if you cant find it. That and the backup directory I won't know for sure until I get my device and play around with it a bit
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    So.. I don't have my Nexus4 ... yet - supposedly got it ordered but haven't heard anything about shipping yet...

    But, my question is... normally if when flashing something and you get a hang on boot - or your phone just won't respond - you 'pull the battery' to get everything back to the start.

    So... what/how do we do that on the N4 if we can't remove the battery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldentuna View Post
    So.. I don't have my Nexus4 ... yet - supposedly got it ordered but haven't heard anything about shipping yet...

    But, my question is... normally if when flashing something and you get a hang on boot - or your phone just won't respond - you 'pull the battery' to get everything back to the start.

    So... what/how do we do that on the N4 if we can't remove the battery?
    If it's like the Nexus 7 just holding the power button for about 20 or more seconds will force a reboot. I assume it will be similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2defmouze View Post
    If it's like the Nexus 7 just holding the power button for about 20 or more seconds will force a reboot. I assume it will be similar.

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    Alright the official TWRP Recovery is out and I've linked it in the OP. I decided to leave the CWM option in there as well, because options and choices are fine, that's why we love Android, right?

    Going forward expect me to be using TWRP only though, so if you have recovery issues and you are using CWM, I suggest switching. You will boot to TWRP the same way as we did CWM (rename the .img file to recovery.img, fastboot boot recovery.img, etc..), but if you are comfortable with CWM you don't need to feel pressured to switch it. S'aight??
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    Thanks for this guide again. Given the delay in receiving my phone I'm more prepared to unlock and root this device then ever before. All the setup files are ready and waiting to go on my desktop. I've read through the instructions, all I need is the phone....the phone....
    A proud former Nexus 4 Limbo level-2 member
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    Quote Originally Posted by mzanette View Post
    Thanks for this guide again. Given the delay in receiving my phone I'm more prepared to unlock and root this device then ever before. All the setup files are ready and waiting to go on my desktop. I've read through the instructions, all I need is the phone....the phone....
    It's worth the wait.. Got mine last night

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2defmouze View Post
    Alright the official TWRP Recovery is out and I've linked it in the OP.
    Once again my never-ending dedication to procrastination has helped me out!



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    Quote Originally Posted by 2defmouze View Post
    Alright the official TWRP Recovery is out and I've linked it in the OP. I decided to leave the CWM option in there as well, because options and choices are fine, that's why we love Android, right?

    Going forward expect me to be using TWRP only though, so if you have recovery issues and you are using CWM, I suggest switching. You will boot to TWRP the same way as we did CWM (rename the .img file to recovery.img, fastboot boot recovery.img, etc..), but if you are comfortable with CWM you don't need to feel pressured to switch it. S'aight??
    I booted to TWRP and I really like it. I especially like the talk about added support for USB host mode. Well I was impressed with it. So I went a head and flashed it. " fastboot flash recovery.img" and I had to rename a couple of files to make it stick. But now when I boot into recovery I go to twrp and not the red triangle.

    Only concern I have is while I was doing it. I just thought about if I could do it. Never really stopped to think if I should Lol. So I was wondering if flashing it is a good idea or not.

    Thanks again for all your help. I really like messing with this stuff. My wife is getting annoyed and told me to stop tinkering so much Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saiga View Post
    I booted to TWRP and I really like it. I especially like the talk about added support for USB host mode. Well I was impressed with it. So I went a head and flashed it. " fastboot flash recovery.img" and I had to rename a couple of files to make it stick. But now when I boot into recovery I go to twrp and not the red triangle.

    Only concern I have is while I was doing it. I just thought about if I could do it. Never really stopped to think if I should Lol. So I was wondering if flashing it is a good idea or not.

    Thanks again for all your help. I really like messing with this stuff. My wife is getting annoyed and told me to stop tinkering so much Lol.
    Its fine.. Which files did you rename in your system exactly?
    If everything works alright, then the only thing flashing it does will be to prevent you from being able to install an OTA. This can be undone by just reversing the renaming of the files, and flashing the stock recovery back, which I mention in the Q&A.

    And don't worry about the wife.. There's worse things you could be doing with your downtime

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    Its fine.. Which files did you rename in your system exactly?
    If everything works alright, then the only thing flashing it does will be to prevent you from being able to install an OTA. This can be undone by just reversing the renaming of the files, and flashing the stock recovery back, which I mention in the Q&A.

    And don't worry about the wife.. There's worse things you could be doing with your downtime

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    Everything is behaving completely normal.

    I wasn't aware that it would prevent me from using OTAs. Lol oops. Flashing the stock recovery won't erase anything will it?

    To be honest, I'm not sure which files were renamed. I downloaded the nexus 4 tool to use for back ups. When I did I seen an option that renames two files to prevent the custom recovery from reverting to stock once the device is rebooted. So I did that option and flashed the recovery with cmd prompt and adb/fastboot. It does work, because the other times I tried to flash it didn't work and always brought up red triangle.


    Do you flash the custom recovery to your devices? If I can go back to stock at anytime the same way I went to custom without losing data then I will probably just keep twrp on it and change recoveries as needed when a new OTA comes out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saiga View Post
    Everything is behaving completely normal.

    I wasn't aware that it would prevent me from using OTAs. Lol oops. Flashing the stock recovery won't erase anything will it?

    To be honest, I'm not sure which files were renamed. I downloaded the nexus 4 tool to use for back ups. When I did I seen an option that renames two files to prevent the custom recovery from reverting to stock once the device is rebooted. So I did that option and flashed the recovery with cmd prompt and adb/fastboot. It does work, because the other times I tried to flash it didn't work and always brought up red triangle.


    Do you flash the custom recovery to your devices? If I can go back to stock at anytime the same way I went to custom without losing data then I will probably just keep twrp on it and change recoveries as needed when a new OTA comes out.
    Flashing a recovery won't wipe anything, you can change them out all day, lol. I prefer to flash it actually so you can boot into it on the go without a computer..that's why I wanted to know which files you renamed?

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    Oh you wanted to know so you can flash it also. Ok I see. I looked on xda and the file names are:

    /system/recovery-from-boot.p
    /system/etc/install-recovery.sh


    Again, I used Nexus Toolkit for that. So I guess those two files were renamed, but since I didn't do it personally myself, there is no way for me to know for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saiga View Post
    Oh you wanted to know so you can flash it also. Ok I see. I looked on xda and the file names are:

    /system/recovery-from-boot.p
    /system/etc/install-recovery.sh


    Again, I used Nexus Toolkit for that. So I guess those two files were renamed, but since I didn't do it personally myself, there is no way for me to know for sure.
    Ah ok.. That second file was the one I needed to clarify, that's new to me lol. Thanks!

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    Ah ok.. That second file was the one I needed to clarify, that's new to me lol. Thanks!

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    Lol no problem at all!
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    Thanks for your instructions, N4 bootloader unlocked & flashed............
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