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Old 02-08-2015, 09:12 PM   #1
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Question apt-get on kindle?

Hi,

I was wondering if it was possible to get apt-get or similar on a Kindle. Contrary to what I read on this blog, I cannot use apt-get. I would love to get a text editor like Nano to use from the shell, and some other useful packages.

I have a Kindle 3G, firmware version 3.4.1.

Thanks for the help!
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You can do this, but it would require chrooting into an image of an actual distro.

From the blog you referenced:
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[...] inside a chrooted Debian ARM installation I put on the device. Having Debian on the device isn't really necessary for hacking the Kindle but it does make it easier to install ARM binaries of just about any of the 25,000 packages in Debian. Yep, apt-get works on my Kindle!
Further reference: Debian_Installation_on_Kindle_Touch


IOW, no the Kindle does not have apt-get preinstalled, since it isn't actually a debian OS...

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I sometimes use vim from here:
http://www.fabiszewski.net/kindle-terminal/
and sometimes midnight commander (search on this forum). I just never liked nano for some reason.

Also, I've been able to chroot into Debian to get what I want but it is easier to just build a KUAL package with the files/libraries that are dependent on them. Look into some of the KUAL extensions that were made - most started with Debian or source from Debian.

Search and read, my friend, and you will find gold here! Good luck!
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Hi,

I was wondering if it was possible to get apt-get or similar on a Kindle. Contrary to what I read on this blog, I cannot use apt-get. I would love to get a text editor like Nano to use from the shell, and some other useful packages.

I have a Kindle 3G, firmware version 3.4.1.

Thanks for the help!
Now if you had one of the K5 series (K5, PW1) -
then you could find my build of Nano right on this forum.

What other things do you include in your list of "other useful packages".

PS: You can probably install (manually) the Nano build from an old enough version of Debian -
Also something you can find directions for, on in this forum.
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Okay, thanks for the help.
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I have an idea on how to get nano and stuff on my Kindle. Tell me if it would work.

I have a computer running Debian. I plug the Kindle into that computer and put the source file for nano or other packages on it. I then run the config script and make install from the Debian computer, not the actuall Kindle shell.

The only problem is that it might take a while, as the computer is very slow.

Thanks again for the help.
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In other words, you want to ssh from your PC to your Kindle and compile from the PC's keyboard? Sure, but your Kindle still has to run the compiler...

It should be possible to use a cross-compiler to build everything on the PC and then copy it to the Kindle.
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I have an idea on how to get nano and stuff on my Kindle. Tell me if it would work.

I have a computer running Debian. I plug the Kindle into that computer and put the source file for nano or other packages on it. I then run the config script and make install from the Debian computer, not the actuall Kindle shell.

The only problem is that it might take a while, as the computer is very slow.

Thanks again for the help.
Just use Buildroot(.org) - Nano is one of the applications that it can build.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:14 PM   #9
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Great, thanks. I'll check it out.
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