[clug] Persuading Debian to talk to an Android tablet via USB?
daniel at rimspace.net
Tue Oct 12 18:58:56 MDT 2010
Felix Karpfen <felix.karpfen at gmail.com> writes:
> I have purchased an Android tablet (a Chinese copy of the Eken M001) and
> successfully installed FBReader onto it. This has achieved almost
> everything that I wanted from my purchase. I can now download books from the
> Internet directly onto the tablet's SD-card and the FBReader is set up to
> find them there.
> I had hoped that I could copy my already-downloaded books from my computer
> to the SD_card. So far, I have failed. I suspect that the instructions for
> connecting the tablet to a computer (via an USB cable) presume that my
> computer is running an MS operating system. In fact, it is running Debian
> Is it a lost cause?
Almost certainly not; it should "just work", *but* you need to instruct
Android to mount the SD card as a mass storage device over USB rather than use
You can't do internal storage that way, though, only the SD card.
In the phone version this shows up in the notification area when you connect a
computer: you plug in the cable, open notifications, tap the option for
mounting the device to the computer, and you are done.
Android uses a FAT32 filesystem on the card for storage, nothing special.
If none of that works, you might try getting one of the servers running: there
are WebDAV, FTP, and even "USB Mass Storage" servers available on the Android
marketplace — though I can't recommend any because I don't use them myself.
 ...which also means it can't be used to run software from, or otherwise
accessed at the same time the server is.
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