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Errors while installing APK from Android shell

I ran into 2 error while trying to install an APK from the Android shell. Note the apk is on the Android filesystem and I am installing it from the shell, not using adb.

The first error I got was: INSTALL_FAILED_INVALID_URI

$ pm install myApp.apk
	pkg: myApp.apk
Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_INVALID_URI]

This is because you need to give the full path to the apk, like:

$ pm install /sdcard/myApp.apk

The next error I got was INSTALL_FAILED_UID_CHANGED:

$ pm install /sdcard/myApp.apk
	pkg: /sdcard/myApp.apk
Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_UID_CHANGED]

I was installing over an existing app. The first thing I tried was to uninstall the app, but that didn’t work. I found that removing the data directory for the app solved my problem:

$ rm -rf /data/data/com.my.app.myApp/

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