Help! VLC is eating all of my available space on my iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by chopsuix, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. chopsuix macrumors newbie

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    I installed VLC via cydia the other day so that I could watch the videos that I download through the download manager app. I had about 2 gigs free once I had downloaded a few episodes. I've tried to open the filed within the download manager but the movies play slow. Instead i click the "open in" option and picked vlc. It usually takes about 15-20 seconds for vlc to open and to start playing the film (i'm guessing its caching the movie during this time). After watching a few videos i got a message saying that i'm running out of disk space and should delete some photos or videos. Thinking this is strange I delete the files I just watched. I looked back at my available space and it was only 500mb. I cleared all the caches and still its at 500mb. Curious as to where the rest went, I decided to do a test with a 200mb video file. I click open in download manager and the movie starts playing. I turn it off and check my available space and its 500mb. I then select the option open in VLC, the usual 15 second delay occurs and the movie starts playing. After a minute I close vlc and go into my available space it it shows 300mb. I plug my iphone into my computer and my other category has jumped from 2gb to 4gb!

    I know there has been posts about the other category and what it consists of but I know that VLC is the problem app. Where can i locate the VLC cache or videos in ssh? Someone please help
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Your space is disappearing because every time you open a video in VLC, the file is copied to VLC's inbox. For your setup, the folder to clear out is /User/Library/Application Support/ then its VLC's folder.
     
  3. chopsuix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    this is for my iphone not my mac. I don't think there is a user/library/application support on the iphone.... is there?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    iOS has a very similar filesystem to Mac OS X. Yes, iOS has Application Support folders. SSH in and you'll find what you need.
     
  5. chopsuix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    WOOT! Found the problem, I give credit to Intell!

    cyberduck

    private/var/mobile/library/Application Support/Containers/VLC

    now what do I do with all the free space? :p

    What is the point of having it stored there if I can't access it through my iphone without first ssh?
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    That's how the "Open with" feature works on iOS, the file is copied to the opener application. The application is then supposed to remove the new file when done or allow the file to be deleted from within itself. Only jailbreak apps, like the non-App Store VLC and iFile, store their files in the ~/Library/Application Support folder. App Store apps keep their files within their sandboxed directory.
     
  7. chopsuix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    do you know of any good video apps that won't copy the video file and instead just play it? i'm mostly playing .avi files
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    Nope. They all copy. This is by design of iOS.
     
  9. chopsuix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmm any way of removing the files through another app? or do I always have to use cyberduck?
     
  10. Intell macrumors P6

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    iFile or complain to the VLC developer to put in some kind of file management feature for his/her app.
     
  11. Pauletronic macrumors newbie

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    Thanks intel for all the help! I am just lost with one thing, how do I SSH in?! Lol that's prob a in depth answer. I already downloaded some terminal apps but don't know how to use them.


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    Can anyone tell me how to SSH into this folder? I'm having the same prob need to delete the inbox folder of vlc app. Taking up a lot of space.
     
  12. Intell macrumors P6

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    Is your iOS device jailbroken? You can only SSH into your device it is jailbroken.
     
  13. Pauletronic macrumors newbie

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    No but there are apps to SSH in app store like server auditor and iterminal. Will those work? I'm just trying to be able to delete the vlc app inbox files that take the space without having to connect to Mac and use file explorer. Sometimes when using open with from another app or won't Load in vlc and gets stuck inbox and I can delete it in the vlc app GUI since there is no inbox folder. Only can delete that movies that actually make it through all the way to the vlc app with no issues which is not many!
     

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