3.8 gigs left, but iPhone still says I am running out of space!

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Jayhawk85, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Jayhawk85 macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2007
    Jackson, Mississippi
    I have an 8gig 1.1.2 jailbroken iPhone running on AT&T with lots of apps and custom themes. iTunes says I have 3.8 gigs left on the phone, but today I started getting some error messages popping up telling me that I am running out of space and should delete some of pictures and videos. I only have a handful of pictures and one movie, as well as some music. If iTunes and the "About" menu in the phone both say I have 3.8 gigs left, then it must be the 3rd party apps taking up space. Does anybody know what sort of limit there is on this space and how to tell how much you have left? Is there a way to see this space separate from the music/movies/pictures part of the memory?

    Thanks, much appreciated.
  2. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

    Eric Lewis

    Feb 4, 2007
    CANADA? eh?
    i have this exact error to on my unlocked iPhone?

    i think its app space
  3. brando88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2007
    Install BossTool from Installer.app and move your /Applications to the /Media partition, and create a link. (the app does it all for you)
  4. Jayhawk85 thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2007
    Jackson, Mississippi

    BossTool no longer appears in my Installer.app and the things I've read about it in various forums aren't too encouraging. I'd sooner delete unused apps and Summerboard themes than mess with moving system files and creating shortcuts in Terminal. Is there a simple way to see how much space is left in the OS section though? That would be helpful. Thanks for the input.
  5. mrcartman91 macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    bosstool tells you how much space, since its not in you installer, add the sourve sleepers.net/iphonerepo, then it will show up
  6. wrboyce macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    using the means of your choice edit /etc/fstab and remove noexec.

    ssh into your iphone and:
    cp -Rv /Applications /var/root/Applications
    rm -rf /Applications && ln -s /var/root/Applications /Applications


    oh, `df -h` will show you how much free space each partition has
  7. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it already but the iPhone has 8GB total space but a small portion of it (think of it sort of like a partition) is reserved for system stuff. It sounds like that is getting full. What many of the people here are suggesting are solutions to the problem. The simplest way to get around the problem is to move your apps to a non system partition and make a symbolic link in the system partition to the new location. It supposedly works.
  8. brando88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2007
    I'm using it right now lol, have been for months
  9. wrboyce macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    exactly what the above described procedure does. They're not "like" partitions, they are partitions

    Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/disk0s1          300M  263M   35M  89% /
    devfs                  18K   18K     0 100% /dev
    /dev/disk0s2          7.3G  5.2G  2.2G  71% /private/var
    /dev/disk0s1 is the system partition (300M)
    /dev/disk0s2 is the your media partition (7.3G)
  10. decadentdave macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    I had this same problem a few months ago and I fixed it with a restore. Minor inconvenience to resync your data but Occum's Razor prevails.

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