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    I went to run pkgbackup today and noticed it wouldn't open. It flashes for a second and then closes itself. Also noticed now that cydia itself is also doing the same thing...opens for a second and then closes. It seems to no longer be working. I've tried re-booting...and cydia still will not open.

    Has anyone else experienced this?

    Is there anything i can do, or do i need to restore?

    If i restore, is there anyway i can get the cydia apps back? I backed up with pkgbackup a few days ago, but now it wont open.

    I've dowloaded quite a few and cant really remember them all. Is there a way to list what i've downloaded from cydia?

    Thanks for the help.
    Anthony
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    What device, IOS version, and jailbreak are you using? Details help!
    It sounds like you are a tethered jailbreak which has not been properly booted.
    Have you tried a reboot though? Rebooting the iPad often helps...
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    Sorry....i need to add the details to my signature.

    Its an ipad2 on 4.3.3, jailbroken with jme3.0

    Its been working fine for a couple of weeks...until today.

    I've re-booted several times by holding the top power button for 3 seconds. Is there another re-boot i should try?

    Thank you for the help.

    Anthony
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    press sleep(top) and home(circle), 10 secs...


    when you get things rolling again, get powerup.

    and use activator to command a few hard button commands.
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    Sounds a bit like a permissions error. Have you been messing about with iFile at all?
    What did you install recently from Cydia?
    Did you mess about with anything via SSH from your PC? Do you have OpenSSH installed?
    Sorry for the Q's, just trying to get to the bottom of things...
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    Yes actually...i was messing around with ifile. I noticed the "other" category of my spced used has grown to over 5gb and i was trying to see what files or apps were causing it. I deleted some apps from ifile....but in doing so, my overall available space hasn't changed at all. Something definitely seems wrong. Im down to 6gb left on the ipad....and i have very little music and no video loaded at all. The "other" category is over 5 gb!

    I dont think i have openSSH installed or messed around with it....at least purposely. Not sure what it is....so i'm guessing i dont.

    I havent installed anything from cydia in the paste few day....when all was working well.

    Have i done something i wrong?
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    Well, it does sound like you deleted something you shouldn't have or on the way changed the permissions on a folder / tree, so either all the apps can't write something or somewhere, or they can't find something they expect.
    IMHO trying to manage space with iFile if you are not intimately familiar ios or with a Linux / Unix OS is a potential minefield. It's going to be hard to work out what you may have done...
    Sorry. I'd consider a restore if I were you.
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    I have my 4.3.3 shsh saved, so i should be able to restore and re-jailbreak, right?

    is there a way to find out what cydia apps i've downloaded....specifically the ones that load in the background that do not create an icon (i.e. Retinapad)

    I've backed up with pkgbackup a few days Ago, but didnt use dropbox, so im guessing it saved the backup on the ipad itself. Is there a way to restore everything from it....even though i've deleted the app now?

    The cause of this all was Me trying to find out what the "other" usage category was. Its over 5gb already and im running out of space. What exactly is that and can i clear that out? I read somewhere that those are the cydia apps loaded.....eveN so, it seems way too high. The ipad is only 2 weeks old. Is there way to re-capture this space?
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    Yep. Your best bet is to restore the iPad (which will cause it to load iOS 4.3.4). Then, use this sticky (http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...815-how-downgrade-your-ipad-ios-firmware.html) to downgrade to 4.3.3; since you have your 4.3.3 SHSH blobs.

    Not if you didn't save a list, because once you un-jailbreak them, they'll be gone - Cydia won't be able to tell you what you had. I keep an Excel list on my PC so I can keep track of what I have on the iPad (and what I've tried and removed).

    Once you've re-jailbroken the iPad and installed some tweaks, they'll show on Cydia in the Installed tab. But that's once you've put them back on...

    PKGBackup saves to either Contacts or to Dropbox. If you've done a backup to iTunes since you created the PKGBackup file, it should be in that backup. Once you've restored your iPad, select the restore from a backup option (before jail breaking it). That'll put all your App Store/iTunes stuff back on the iPad - to include that PKGBackup file.

    Then, after jail breaking, the first thing you do is go to Cydia and install PKGBackup (it won't cost you again). Run the restore from that and it'll bring down all your Cydia tweaks.

    The good news is that most, if not all, of this Other space will shrink because of the restore. A lot of the Other is just stuff iTunes doesn't recognize, true. But I am not sure it's the apps from Cydia, as my other is not large and I have several tweaks on the iPad. Normally, it's just stuff that other apps have, such as documents in Goodreader...

    IOW, no one really has figured out what exactly is Other, or how to get rid of it. One thing I'm sure you've learned is: Don't try to take it out of the iPad using iFile!

    Mucking about in iFile is always best done with extreme caution - as you well know now. :eek:

    Hope some of this helps.

    Good luck.

    Marilyn
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    What operating system computer do you have?
    Check your contacts list on pc and see if you have a contact named pkgbackup, or even on your iPad right now.

    Did you log in on cydia?
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    I have a Windows Vista PC.

    I have a pkg_d..... File in my ipad contacts. Is that helpful?

    Im not sure what you mean by "log in on cydia". I cant currently access cydia

    I dont mind restoring if that is the best option. It sounds like it might clear out the "other" space and it would be a good learning experience. I just dont want to mess up my jailbreak.
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    I have a Mac and wanna see how I could've assisted with that.

    Email that file to yourself, just for safety, it will help if you completely loses it.

    Don't worry about the cydia log in issue, since you don't know, but it kinda works like app store, remembers what you got(kinda).

    You will have to restore.
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    how do i email the contact file to myself?
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    Just how you found it under contacts, on iPad , select it and you will see share at the bottom, scroll down.
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    Ok...I fully restored back to 4.3.3 and re-jailbroke. everything seems to be working fine.

    Thank you to everyone for all your help.

    Why is my "total" capacity of a 16gb iPad now only 13.5Gb? When I first got the iPad, the total capacity was 14gb. Somewhere I've lost another 0.5gb.

    why does this happen and Is there anything I can do to get this back?
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    did your pkgbackup go smooth, you got everything back?
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    not yet...still trying. I re-loaded PKGBackup and it says "your previous backup is either corrupted or inexistent".

    How can I get the backup file back from my PC? Can I copy it back into my contacts so PKGBackup can find it? If so, how?

    I also tried copying that file (originally saved in contacts) into dropbox and restoring from dropbox...but its not finding it. Does it save in different formats (dropbox and contacts)?
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    The only way PKGBackup will find/be able to use that Contacts file is if it was in the last backup you made with iTunes.

    Did you "restore the iPad from backup"? That should put your Contacts back onto the iPad, in which case that file should be there for PKGBackup to find...

    Hope that helps.

    Marilyn
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    Okay, I told you wrong ... or didn't tell you enough. It might be possible to e-mail that contacts file to yourself.

    [Here's the site address for later reading: PKGBACKUP - User Guide

    The main part is - does that file you say you have end with a VCF extension? If it does, try this (from the site):


    1. 1.Donald receives the email from Mickey with the PKGBackup data attached as a VCF file.
    2. 2.Donald 2x clicks to import the VCF file into his addressbook (either from the device or on his computer)
    3. 3.Donald launches PKGBackup & taps on ‘Restore’ context icon on the toolbar. Voilà, it’s there
    Couldn't hurt to try, eh?

    Marilyn
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    I had that same issue with pkgbackup, got pissed for a bit, and decided to give xbackup a try.....updated firmware and used xbackup to restore my cydia tweaks and settings, and is a happy camper with xbackup.

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