External Storage Moved. Again.
For those of you still in the habit of hard-coding in root
/mnt/sdcard, please be advised that on
Jelly Bean devices, external storage is now at
Links (not sure if they are symlinks or hardlinks) are set up so the
legacy paths still work.
Of course, using the methods on
Environment are the preferred way
of dealing with this in production apps. However, if you are scripting
anything (e.g., automated
adb push from your desktop), you will need
to take this into account. Notably,
adb push does not seem to follow
the links, so you will need to actually change the
adb push commands
adb pull as well).
On the bright side, the fact that there is actually a digit in the name suggests that in some future Android release (K?), multiple volumes of external storage will be officially supported by the SDK, much to the delight of developers who have been hacking workarounds for getting at alternate data stores (e.g., USB thumb drives).
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