[talk] adb android debugging on *BSD

Robert Menes viewtiful.icchan at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 13:40:58 EDT 2020

Couple of questions:

1) If adb works with OpenBSD, I'm going to guess that fastboot, which is
required on some Android phones in order to unlock their bootloaders or to
flash recovery replacements (e.g. TWRP) will also work on OpenBSD as well?

2) Are adb and fastboot available as binary packages for OpenBSD, or do
they have to be rolled from source?

This does have my interest piqued, though. Looking forward to playing with
both on a BSD finally.


On Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 12:47 George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com>

> Just a quick note, since I assume others have wondered about this...
> adb, the debugging interface for Android devices does work, in my case
> with OpenBSD.
> There are three important components:
> * enable developer mode on the Android device, which means going into
> Settings, About, then clicking seven times on Build Number.
> * once Developer options is enabled as Settings menu option, USB
> debugging needs to be enabled
> * USB configuration should be on MTP
> The other thing to note is using the provided USB cable is important.
> Just any old USB cable will likely not work.
> This is dated, but points to some possible directions for your happy
> hacking:
> https://gist.github.com/olivier-m/6200184
> Less code/services on a device is always a good security practice :)
> g
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