Flashing a Nexus device with Ubuntu Touch from Mac OS X
I've been working with Ubuntu Touch recently, using VirtualBox to run
Ubuntu Saucy as a guest on my Mac, and while it does work to connect
to the device once it's installed, the process of reflashing is
difficult. The manual steps on the Ubuntu Wiki
Touch/Install page work for
the old way, via
phablet-flash cdimage-touch, with the caveat that
you may have to manually reboot the device and/or re-connect the USB
in between steps.
However, as of this email last week, the official way
to flash phones is using the system images via
ubuntu-system, which has a different set of files.
Instead of just muddling through and updating the manual instructions, I decided to see if phablet-flash would run natively on the Mac. After a bit of python dependency resolution, it does. Here's what I did:
- Download the Android SDK tools. You only really need the "SDK Tools", not the whole ADT Bundle, so I clicked on "Use an existing IDE" at the bottom of that page, to get the smaller installer.
- Unpack the archive and run ./android. Install the platform-tools (and nothing else).
Add the platform-tools/ directory to your $PATH for convenience.
(Optional) create a virtualenv for the python dependencies, and activate it.
pip installeach of
- get bazaar if you don't already have it.
- branch phablet-tools:
bzr branch lp:phablet-tools
cd phablet-tools && python setup.py build
- At this point,
phablet-flash ubuntu-systemshould work smoothly, with all transfers and reboots and timeouts going as expected.
The only minor hiccup is that it apparently doesn't get ~/Downloads/ from pyxdg, but it just means that you'll get the images saved to ~/phablet-flash instead of ~/Downloads/phablet-flash. No big deal.