[sword-devel] Where does Bishop store SWORD files on Android?

Timmy tim.bze at gmail.com
Fri Jan 1 17:20:38 EST 2021

FYI all, Android has made some storage changes in Android 10, and even more
restricted in 11. I have not gotten to the bottom of it myself but you can
read about the changes here:

*--Timmy BraunCell: +501-615-4531*

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 4:04 PM Troy A. Griffitts <scribe at crosswire.org>

> Hmmm. That's odd. If you can adb logcat your tablet while it is plugged
> into your laptop and have a look at the output when Bishop starts up, it
> might give us a clue. Bishop is pretty noisy to the logs. The detection
> logic is located in init(), here:
> https://crosswire.org/svn/sword/trunk/bindings/java-jni/jni/swordstub.cpp
> On January 1, 2021 2:18:29 PM MST, Tobias Klein <contact at tklein.info>
> wrote:
>> Thanks Troy!
>> I see this working with Bishop on my phone (Android 8.1.0). There Bishop
>> reads from and writes to /sdcard/sword.
>> However, it is not working on my Tablet (Android 10). I do have SWORD
>> directories there with this structure:
>> /sdcard/sword
>> /sdcard/sword/installMgr
>> /sdcard/sword/mods.d
>> /sdcard/sword/modules
>> When starting Bishop on the Tablet it asks for permissions and after
>> confirmation it does not show any existing modules based on the structure
>> above.
>> Best regards,
>> Tobias
>> Am 1. Januar 2021 21:34:00 schrieb "Troy A. Griffitts" <
>> scribe at crosswire.org>:
>>> Yes, that's exactly right. Upon install, Bishop asks for permissions to
>>> read and right files to /sdcard/sword/. If it is able, it does, if not, it
>>> writes to its app’s private data area.
>>> I don't believe there is anything like this available on iOS, but I am
>>> no expert. I would be interested to learn how iOS handles other common data
>>> files which have multiple apps needing the ability to read and write, like
>>> photos.
>>> Thanks for wanting to coordinate on where files are stored.
>>> Troy
>>> On January 1, 2021 1:07:16 PM MST, Tobias Klein <contact at tklein.info>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi Troy!
>>>> Happy new year!
>>>> Where does Bishop store the SWORD data files on Android? I was browsing
>>>> the filesystem but could not find the respective directory.
>>>> I am asking because I am working on Android support for
>>>> node-sword-interface and I wanted to align this and use a common place for
>>>> the SWORD data files. So far I thought /sdcard/sword would be the right
>>>> place.
>>>> Best regards,
>>>> Tobias
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