Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Manually start android in the google android emulator

The google android kernel will invoke services listed in the file /etc/init.rc after the kernel is started up. The /etc/init.rc is included in the ramdisk.img. Find the ramdisk.img in $EMULATOR_SDK_FOLDER/tools/lib/images/. One can change the ramdisk.img to change the init.rc and so to change the google android startup sequence.

Follow the tips in Step by step to create/modify ramdisk.img to change ramdisk.img.

Following is the items to comment out in init.rc to stop the android to be loaded at the initial time:
  1. Find the service section in the init.rc (following the startup section)
  2. Comment out the zygote sub-section, and runtime sub-section
  3. Recreate the ramdisk.img and replace the original ramdisk.img (backup the original if you want)
  4. Restart the google android emulator, use -debug-kernel to see more information
Comment out lines are listed for your reference:
#zygote {
#exec /system/bin/app_process
#args {
#0 -Xzygote
#1 /system/bin
#2 --zygote
#autostart 1
#runtime {
#exec /system/bin/runtime
#autostart 1
After the google android emulator is started up, manually start up the google android services below:
  1. # adb shell to create a console
  2. # /system/bin/app_process -Xzygote /system/bin --zygote &
  3. # /system/bin/runtime &
Upload a strace tool to trace the above services:
  1. # strace -ff -F -tt -s 200 -o /tmp/log/zygote /system/bin/app_process -Xzygote /system/bin --zygote &
  2. # strace -ff -F -tt -s 200 -o /tmp/log/runtime /system/bin/runtime &


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