[mythtv] Android clean-up

Mark Spieth mark at digivation.com.au
Tue Aug 7 22:08:28 UTC 2018

On 8/8/2018 7:16 AM, David Engel wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 07, 2018 at 03:39:14PM -0400, Peter Bennett wrote:
>> I would like to make some small improvements to the android scripts:
>> 1. Change run parameters to have default log settings "-v general,playback".
>> Current settings produce a lot of extra log output. Developers can always
>> change them locally as needed for debugging.
> Or even just "-v general" It's easy enough to change the verobse
> setting using the telnet interface.  I don't object to either setting
> with or without playback.
>> 2. gdb.sh copies files to so/. Change it to use the settings in make.inc to
>> create separate directories for 64 bit and 32 bit. Currently it only copies
>> libraries if they have changed, but if you switch between 32 and 64 bit this
>> will go wrong.
> No objection.
>> 3. strip libraries when creating apk package. I believe the debug symbols
>> are only needed in the linux copy of the libraries, the copy deployed in the
>> apk does not need them for debugging purposes.
> No objection.
They all sound good. More refinement. Smaller apk is good too.
>> I want to try mythfrontend on an android tablet, 32 bit, to see whether it
>> works there.
>> I have created a place on bintray.com for distributing packages, as I do
>> with Raspberry pi. See this URL:
>> https://dl.bintray.com/bennettpeter/generic
> I have one caveat for anyone who wants to use your packages or anyone
> else's packages for that matter.  Android won't replace an existing
> package with another one if the signature changes.  If you want to
> install a new version from a new package "source", you need to
> uninstall the old version first.  Since most of the configuration is
> kept in the database, that's not a showstopper, but it is an
> annoyance.
> I ran into this myself when testing a full build yesterday for John.
> I had to copy the debug.keystore file from original, .android
> directory to avoid the uninstall step.
Did not know this.
>> Evidently it is possible to install a package on android from a URL once you
>> have set it to allow packages from unknown sources. I am not sure whether
>> that requires you to first install a browser or whether there is an easy way
>> to install from a URL. Unlike a phone, NVidia Shield does not seem to come
>> with a browser or a way to receive text messages or emails. Some sites
>> recommend using ES File manager for this.
> There are a handful of web browsers available for the Shield that are
> remote control friendly.  Puffin Browser is one I remember off the top
> of my head.  What I usually do sideloading is to copy the apks to
> Google Drive and then use File Commander or ES File Explorer.  Both
> are available in the TV version of the Play Store and directly support
> Drive access.
Youtube is full of shield tips and tricks.


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