As good as android is, it does lack some of the rather interesting linux tools that could be of a great use like busybox. Its good to have a command line interface to play around often to get information that click around in gui which makes things a bit too slow sometimes.
While I did try to compile the busybox binary and loading onto the phone, that didn't quite work. So I got one from here.
after running the emulator with ./emulator, I ran the
./adb push busybox /data/busybox/busyboxI logged into the shell with
./adb shell# cd /data/busybox
(you might need to set permissions here if you downloaded the file)
# ./busybox --install
remember to export the path
voila! got my busybox applets!!