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    Removing/renaming factory apps via TE

    I saw a video on how to completely delete the factory apps using terminal emulator, which is easy, but I like the idea of renaming which I've only seen done through the USB/ADB via PC.

    I did some searching and wasn't able to come up with anything specific to this.

    Ideas? Maybe a pointer to where it's already explained. If it's the same as deleting apps via terminal emulator and just a phraseology thing, let me know please.

    Thanks.

    Andy
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    Don't know if its possible but try

    su
    cd rename /system/app/appname.apk desiredname

    If that doesn't work, try removing cd, or instead of desiredname, try desiredname.apk. Those are my best guesses. Back up your phone before you try.
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    Interstingly enough, I downloaded Titanium BU nd while going through that process, I downloaded the Busybox to go with it. While going through the app list, I noticed that there is an "uninstall" function. Why all the hub-ub on some of the threads regarding removal of bloat if all a rooted guy needs is Titanium to dissolve factory programming.

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    In TE, did the CD rename /system/app/Blockbuster.apk /system/app/Blockbuster.bak

    Got cd: bad substitution

    Tired a few versions, none of them allow for a name change. Now, the Titanium uninstall function does work. I deleted blockbuster and kindle just as a test, either way, I'll never use them. And yup..they're gone. Now, I gather I can still go the PC route...

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    Here you go, you must be rooted.

    su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    cd /system/app
    mv com.amazon.mp3.apk com.amazon.mp3.bak
    mv Blockbuster.apk Blockbuster.bak
    mount -o ro,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    sync
    reboot
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    BTW, which stock apps can be renamed and not affect the regular operation of the phone? In other words, which apps can be renamed that will not mess with any of the other apps that are being used? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REARless View Post
    Here you go, you must be rooted.

    su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    cd /system/app
    mv com.amazon.mp3.apk com.amazon.mp3.bak
    mv Blockbuster.apk Blockbuster.bak
    mount -o ro,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    sync
    reboot
    if this doesnt mount it, try

    mount -o rw,remount -t ext3 /dev/block/mmcblk1p21 /system
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoops8 View Post
    BTW, which stock apps can be renamed and not affect the regular operation of the phone? In other words, which apps can be renamed that will not mess with any of the other apps that are being used? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REARless View Post
    Here you go, you must be rooted.

    su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    cd /system/app
    mv com.amazon.mp3.apk com.amazon.mp3.bak
    mv Blockbuster.apk Blockbuster.bak
    mount -o ro,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    sync
    reboot
    Yeah that did it. Thanks! I deleted Blockbuster and Kindle via Titanium anyway, but did the extension name change on Cardock, City ID, and Skype.

    Again...thanks

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    After reading about removing any bloat, it seems like the safest way would be to take the 19 or 20 bloat apps and rename them from .apk to .bak. That way when another OTA update comes around, all you need to do is rename them back to .apk and no problem getting the update then. Does that sound right?
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