General Cydia backgrounding

pod5g

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May 15, 2013
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Is it dangerous to use Backgrounder or some other way to make Cydia background? I've seen many threads (both here and on other forums) about people doing this. Should I do it or not?

Device- iPod touch 3G
Firmware- 5.1.1
 
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pod5g

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May 15, 2013
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Why do you want to background Cydia? Just curious.
More than one reason. Sometimes I click on an ad by mistake. Opening Cydia again takes ages. Sometimes I press the home button by mistake. Have to open Cydia again, which is a chore.
 

pickaxe

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Nov 29, 2012
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Don't use Backgrounder. Use the native iOS multitasking which for some reason isn't enabled by default for Cydia:
1) Use iFile or whatever to go to /var/stash/Applications/Cydia.app/
2) Edit Info.plist
3) Change the flag UIApplicationExitsOnSuspend to false and save
4) Close Cydia from the multitasking bar
5) Enjoy!
 

darricksailo

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Dec 18, 2012
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Don't use Backgrounder. Use the native iOS multitasking which for some reason isn't enabled by default for Cydia:
1) Use iFile or whatever to go to /var/stash/Applications/Cydia.app/
2) Edit Info.plist
3) Change the flag UIApplicationExitsOnSuspend to false and save
4) Close Cydia from the multitasking bar
5) Enjoy!
There's a reason why it's disabled by default. If you looked inside the info.plist, you would see...

<!-- to ye who is reading this, I know what you are thinking: "saurik is an idiot, why did he turn this off?" -->
<!-- the problem is that Cydia runs as root, and therefore cannot be sent a SIGSTOP by SpringBoard, as mobile -->
<!-- what that means, is that when Cydia "multitasks" it will just keep running in the background, constantly -->
<!-- and that means that all of those stupid webpages (and all of their horribly irritatingly slow ads!) will -->
<!-- just keep running and animating and reloading in the background, burning your battery life and cpu speed -->
<!-- even when you aren't "using" the app anymore. so, no: it is not at all a good idea to turn this back on. -->
<!-- the idea is that, eventually, Cydia will no longer need to run as root; and, when that happens, not just -->
<!-- this, but a ton of other little things (mail composition, keyboard behaviors, mobilesubstrate, etc.) all -->
<!-- will get fixed at the same time, and one of those wonderous new features will be "working multitasking". -->