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    Theming apps

    When you theme an app, and you move it from /data/app to /system/app how do you have it so that you're still notified of updates to the app? When I do this and I go to the market, I'm told that the app is no longer installed. Any workaround to this or do you have to manually check and then retheme everytime there's an update?
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    anyone have any idea?
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    when there is an update you will have to remove the one in system, install the update and then move it to system and theme away. It is a pain and this is why I have chosen to let my updates pile up..

    The other way is just edit the APKs directly and then re sign them and they can stay in /data that way, and when there is an update you just have to edit them and re sign again.
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    Much better to re-sign them, yes...
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    Thanks, can you point me in the direction of how to resign an apk if you're using Ubuntu and not Windows?
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    when there is an update you will have to remove the one in system, install the update and then move it to system and theme away. It is a pain and this is why I have chosen to let my updates pile up..

    The other way is just edit the APKs directly and then re sign them and they can stay in /data that way, and when there is an update you just have to edit them and re sign again.
    Ok figured out how to edit and resign but then do I just overwrite the thing that's in /data/app or install the apk? When I tried to install the apk with the edited files it appeared to work but the changes I made didn't stick. I didn't get any errors in resigning or in installing.
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    Tried overwriting as well, and still nothing. The app disappears from the app drawer, and the market shows as if it's not installed...
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    man i don't get this at all haha...why is it that if i install something from the market it shows up in /data/app as com.something.something.apk, but the apk for example in the luna theme is just called Pandora.apk. Do you just rename the apk after it's signed or what is the deal? If I edit the file in the archive directly, then the archive asks me if I want to update after I save.. If I drag a file into to replace, the archive doesn't ask me this, and the apk doesn't install. Just totally confused about this.

    Moving to /system/app never has a problem and always works for me, but I would like to learn how to edit the files within the apk and how they are named Pandora.apk, Facebook.apk etc when in /data/app they are not named that...
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    you do not need to rename the APK's. just overwrite the apk in /data after they have been edited and re-signed. you will need to remove the old copy of the apk otherwise you will end up with two or things may break. only keep one copy of the apk on the device at once.
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