Filesystem Layout

A brief overview follows of the filesystem as it exists at runtime. This does not discuss the various partitions and slots used to boot the robot.

system partition

The system partition contains all the code and configuration to run the underlying variant of the Android operating system and the Userspace Anki code that powers Vector.

When you perform an upgrade of the Operating System the system partition is completely overwritten and all changes are lost.

By default it is read-only and expected to be unmodifiable.

/anki directory

This is not strictly a partition but it is where all of the Vector specific code is located. Various services, utilities, configuration settings that are not relevant to the Operating System but to Vector are located here. If you're trying to track down something that you wouldn't expect to find on a normal Linux operating system it is probably located here.

Inside you will see some familiar folders such as /anki/etc/ /anki/bin and others that follow the general configuration of a Linux operating system as well as a /data/ folder which holds various thing that don't quite fit in with the normal file layout.

/data partition

The /data partition is the only partition that is mounted read-write on a production Vector. All user settings are saved here. When an system upgrade is installed the data partition remains unmodified and intact and all old data is available for use by the new version of the Operating System.

This is where you will want to put any files, scripts, executables, etc that you want to survive a system upgrade.

Editing the system partition

Although the system partition is initially mounted read only it is trivial to mount it in read-write mode since you are the root user. To do so just run:

mount -o remount,rw /

And you will now be able to edit the filesystem.

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