Unable to inspect nested directories from computer



  • I have an LG Nexus 5 running Android 6.0.1 which I am using as an MP3 player and for casual browsing as it has been replaced by a more modern phone. The phone is rooted and adb debugging is enabled.

    For the last few months I have some weird behaviour. When I connect the phone to a computer and enable File Transfers, the phone is automatically mounted as an external drive by the OS as it has always done. When I expand "Internal Storage" I can see all the directories and files stored at the root level. When I open any of the folders they show as being empty. In order to copy files to or from the device, I have to copy them to the root directory and then move them manually using a file manager from the phone itself.

    I get this behaviour from Linux and Windows machines including if adb debugging is disabled. On Linux (Ubuntu Mate 20.04.03) I also get the message No such interface org.gtk.vfs.Mount on object at path /org/gtk/vfs/mount/1 Please select another viewer and try again when I plug the phone in. Googling this only yielded forum threads that are over 5 years old (although the phone is that sort of age)

    In the terminal, the device is visible when adb is queried from the terminal. If I cd to the media folder, the device isn't visible, even though I believe it is mounted already. It doesn't show up if I run sudo fdisk -l. In fact I get a strange output from that:

    Device     Boot   Start        End    Sectors   Size Id Type
    /dev/sda1  *       2048    1050623    1048576   512M  b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda2       1052670 1250263039 1249210370 595.7G  5 Extended
    /dev/sda5       1052672 1250263039 1249210368 595.7G 83 Linux
    

    Partition 2 does not start on physical sector boundary.

    Any clues as to how to fix this would be appreciated



  • Robert's comment was spot on.

    I installed https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=burrows.apps.sdcard , rebooted my phone and triggered a scan of the whole SD card. Plugging the phone into a computer and all was well.

    Credit where it's due: more info can be found on https://android.stackexchange.com/a/202739/2241




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