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iRulu 10.1" Model AX105 with Android 4.2

iRulu Root Access

For various reasons, I'd like to get root access to the iRulu.

One of those reasons is that I'd like to have full access to all the features of the Linux variant that is known as Android. Among those would be the ability to install a newer version of Android.

I'm keeping some notes offline for now (on my askRhk "wiki like thing"). I've tried a few things, and found some conflicting information. Some sources seem to think the iRulu is rooted when shipped, but when I've gone into the Terminal Emulator with BusyBoxFree and Bash Shell X installed, I can't su to get the root (#) prompt.

On the other hand, both Android Root User and Root Checker Basic tell me I do have root access.

I need to do more experimenting. Perhaps some of the applications I have installed are conflicting with each other. At some point, it is quite likely I will "completely" reset the iRulu, and then try achieving root access starting from a factory fresh configuration. UPDATE: I have done that, with no improvement to the situation.

Some updates:

  • I have tried using poot to become root. AFAICT, it did create the su executable in the right place (in /system/xbin, iirc), but there is no improvement--Android Root User and Root Checker Basic tell me I have root, but I can't su in Terminal Emulator to get the root (#) prompt.

  • I installed Titanium Backup * root (aka Titanium Track) not to use it for its intended purpose, but, instead, as an additional test to see if I have root. It gives me a message like: ~'"BusyBox" works but the "su" command does not elevate to root. There is something wrong with your "su" binary and/or "Superuser" app. ...' I did try a backup (of Accounts) and it seemed to work, so the question as to whether I have root or not still seems uncertain, at least to me.

  • At some point in time, I wrote to the iRulu people, who told me that the iRulu cannot be rooted. I don't know whether to believe that or not.

  • When I get ambitious enough, I'm going to try to install the Android SDK on another computer, link it to the iRulu, and then try to root it using the SDK. That seems to be sort of the traditional method of getting root access on an Android device. (But, again, the iRulu people seem to think it can't be done by any means.)

Aside: At one point in time, while doing volunteer work for the Computers for Kids (iirc) organization in Allentown (now defunct, I'm almost certain), I ran into women (mothers) who seemed to be offended by reference to "root". (To clarify, we rehabilitated older computers and typically installed Linux on them for donation to children whose families could not afford computers.) I found the objections to "root" interesting. I have my own personal bias against the use of "super user". I'll need to consider a possible change in (my use of) terminology.





  • () RandyKramer - 2014-03-13
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