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Old 11-24-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Rooting the mini?

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Is rooting the Mini possible at all? Which procedure should I follow?

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Old 11-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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As far ad I know, rooting is an android specific procedure, and kobo readers are not based on android, so no, it's not possible.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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Hmmm, maybe I used the wrong term.

I meant is there any way to hack into the Mini and add some apps or maybe an alternative firmware or anything of the sort?
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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The same processes should work that work on the Touch.

The main "trick" is using a file called "KoboRoot.tgz" to override existing files on the unit. Look at the threads here where people are working on a Weather plugin, or a general plugin for more info.
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The Mini boots from an internal micro SD card, so the best way to get started hacking
would probably be to take that card out, make a backup, and then start modifying files.
You should be able to get telnet access by following the directions for the Touch.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:08 PM   #6
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I tried modifying this rcS file but I must be doing something wrong because nothing happens.

I added this
Code:
/mnt/onboard/run.sh &
line at the end of the rcS file, then repacked it, Kobo says upgrading etc.
Then I put the run.sh script with these two lines inside
Code:
 cp /etc/inittab /mnt/onboard
 cp /etc/inetd.conf /mnt/onboard
I put this run.sh script in the same directory as where eBooks etc go, and I copied it to .kobo as well, just to be safe.

And reboot and... I don't have these two inittab and inetd.conf files anywhere.

What am I missing?

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Old 11-24-2012, 10:31 PM   #7
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The Mini boots from an internal micro SD card, so the best way to get started hacking
would probably be to take that card out, make a backup, and then start modifying files.
You should be able to get telnet access by following the directions for the Touch.
True, but I don't have the appropriate screwdriver and my Kobo is brand new, I'd rather not void the warranty.
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I tried modifying this rcS file but I must be doing something wrong because nothing happens.
How did you get the rcS file? Did you do a factory reset and then grab it from
your Kobo after it downloaded the upgrade?

If you add the following line to rcS, does it create a text file on your Kobo?
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echo hello > /mnt/onboard/hello.txt
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:12 AM   #9
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It seems I was tired and I packaged the rcS file by doing
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tar czf KoboRoot.tgz ./rcS
which of course wouldn't put the rcS file where it should because it didn't include the full path.

I repackaged it using
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tar czf KoboRoot.tgz etc/init.d/rcS
and it now runs whatever I put in the run.sh script.

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True, but I don't have the appropriate screwdriver and my Kobo is brand new, I'd rather not void the warranty.
I would not be so sure that your warranty covers a rooted e-reader...
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #11
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I tried modifying this rcS file but I must be doing something wrong because nothing happens.

I added this
Code:
/mnt/onboard/run.sh &
line at the end of the rcS file, then repacked it, Kobo says upgrading etc.
Then I put the run.sh script with these two lines inside
Code:
 cp /etc/inittab /mnt/onboard
 cp /etc/inetd.conf /mnt/onboard
I put this run.sh script in the same directory as where eBooks etc go, and I copied it to .kobo as well, just to be safe.

And reboot and... I don't have these two inittab and inetd.conf files anywhere.

What am I missing?
I'm running into the same problem. I got my KoboRoot.tgz file by doing the factory reset and update thing. I'm running windows, so I repackaged the archive after making the edits to rcS by making a tar file of the whole extracted folder and running gzip on that.

The update runs, but the files that were supposed to appear after the reset never do. I also included the line that's supposed to create a hello.txt file, no dice there either. I'm not entirely sure where the files are supposed to appear but I've looked everywhere.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:22 AM   #12
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You should check in your archive if the rcS file includes the whole path. No need to repackage the whole KoboRoot directory though, only the rcS file is enough.
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I checked again and the directory structure was wrong as you suggested. Everything had extracted to a directory called KoboRoot and I had made that into a tar file instead of the 5 directories inside it.

After fixing that problem and running the update, I'm now getting a different problem. After the restart, the loading screen with the smiling kobo and animated boxes just displays endlessly.
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