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Install Busybox on Blu Life One X2

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What is Busybox?

Who's better to describe something than the people that created it themselves:

BusyBox: The Swiss Army Knife of Embedded Linux

BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. It provides replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU fileutils, shellutils, etc. The utilities in BusyBox generally have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins; however, the options that are included provide the expected functionality and behave very much like their GNU counterparts. BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system.

BusyBox has been written with size-optimization and limited resources in mind. It is also extremely modular so you can easily include or exclude commands (or features) at compile time. This makes it easy to customize your embedded systems. To create a working system, just add some device nodes in /dev, a few configuration files in /etc, and a Linux kernel.

BusyBox is maintained by Denys Vlasenko, and licensed under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE version 2.

Why do I need it?

Busybox has been around for quite a while in the android development community resulting in many of your favorite root applications depend on your device to have Busybox installed. Without it, many of these applications will cease to work.

Oem's are making it more difficult for end users to modify their device.  The Life One X2 in particular has a feature built into the kernel that forces a reboot anytime the system partition is remounted as RW (Read/Write). That means you can no longer simply download your favorite Busybox installer from the PlayStore anymore. Doing what the Android Development community does best, they came up with a work around. With the release of Android 6.0 many developers have made the shift to systemless applications and services. So why not do the same for Busybox?


If you have Magisk:

Since Magisk has busybox built in, you do not need to install anything additional. If busybox is not working and you have Magisk properly installed then simply enable it in the Magisk Manager app under settings.


Installing Busybox with TWRP Custom Recovery

Download the Busybox.zip here

We will be flashing Buxybox with TWRP on your Life One X2, go ahead and put the Busybox.zip on your sdcard and boot into recovery.

In cmd type the following:

"adb push Busybox.zip /sdcard"

"adb reboot recovery"

Once booted:

Select "Install"

Select "Busybox.zip"

Swipe to flash

This process should take only a few moments. When it is complete select the reboot option to get back into android.

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