iPod touch HOW-TO: Get around the application space limit on your Touch

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  1. swedishviking macrumors newbie

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    HOW-TO: Get around the application space limit your Touch:

    NOTE: This guide assumes you have jailbreaked your iPod touch and installed the necessary Unix binaries, either manually or by using some sort of semi-automated/automated jailbreak method.

    WARNING: Although this seems to work just as intended, it's not been tested for more than a number of hours, meaning that it's entirely possible it could somehow break in the future. Therefore, only do this at your own risk! (Although the risk of it bricking your iPod touch is very low, since you'll most likely keep SSH access even if screwing up)

    1.
    SSH into your iPod touch using the SSH client of your choice; I recommend putty, which you can download at http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

    2.
    Move your applications folder to the /private/var folder by typing the following:

    Code:
    mv /Applications /private/var/Applications
    3.
    Change directory to / by typing

    Code:
    cd /
    4.
    Create a symbolic link to the Applications folders new location:

    Code:
    ln -s /private/var/Applications Applications
    5.
    Type the following to get a directory list of /, so we can make sure the symbolic link was created correctly:

    Code:
    ls -la
    In the list that comes up, you should have an entry similar to this one:

    Code:
    lrwxr-xr-x  1 root admin   25 Oct 12 22:31 Applications -> /private/var/Applications
    6. Alright, seems like it worked.. Now all you have to do is reboot your iPod touch! Do that now.

    7. To further make sure it's working correctly for you, enter the Installer app and check the available space at the bottom. It should be higher than it was previously, as you've moved away all space-intensive apps. Try installing an app larger than 1MB (MobileChat for example) to see that the amount of available space stays the same.

    8. Done! Install away!
     
  2. Rhosfelt macrumors 65816

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  3. tuenn macrumors newbie

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    Works!
    Shows 43,70MB available, but it doesn't change when I install apps, so I can install unlimited apps.
     
  4. keirnna macrumors regular

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    Don't try to do this from the touch with the built in terminal. I just made an ibrick.
     
  5. kinchee87 macrumors regular

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    Of course! You're moving the applications on your Touch else where. I'm sure you can still SSH and complete the remaining steps.
     
  6. keirnna macrumors regular

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    I've managed to fix it.
     
  7. Charliekid21 macrumors regular

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    tyvm!!!
    u finallly solved all of my problems and know i am going to get all the apps i can haha im getting a few dictionarys right now
     
  8. swedishviking thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Glad to hear it's working well for everyone.. the risk is pretty minimal to be honest but if you're unsure, you can do a backup of the App folder first..

    Type

    Code:
    cp -Rp /Applications /private/var/Applications.backup
    To restore if something went wrong, type

    Code:
    rm /Applications /private/var/Applications
    to remove the symlink and the copied Apps folder.. then

    Code:
    mv /private/var/Applications.backup /Applications
    to restore the backuped Applications folder.
     
  9. Tres macrumors regular

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    It's working fine for me, never thought of using a symlink to get around this problem. Good idea.
     
  10. yacoub macrumors member

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    I can confirm that this works! Thanks for the hack, I mean, er uh... modification that is!
     
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  14. jepaz macrumors regular

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    Its been like more that 24hrs now, any problem encountered for those who tried this tip?
     
  15. keirnna macrumors regular

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    Nope, after the small issue I had when first trying it I have had no issues.
     
  16. ken987 macrumors member

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    Thank you!
    Now...will this affect how I install future applications manually?
    For example:
    The install of the new Summerboard. This is now manual. So do I still follow those directions or do I have to look for a new private folder that was created due to this process.
    Thanks.
     
  17. keirnna macrumors regular

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    This is one of the joys of unix. Just follow the instructions as posted. The symbolic link to your applications directory at /Applications will work as advertised. No need to do anything special.
     
  18. yacoub macrumors member

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    Hmm, someone should post this method to that wiki page. It's easier to understand than what's currently there.
     
  19. jepaz macrumors regular

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    Ok, I took the plunge and use Symbolic Link. IMHO, instructions from Touchdev is more precise. But thanks to this thread, at least I got to know the tip.
     
  20. swedishviking thread starter macrumors newbie

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    More precise? Mine isn't exactly hard to understand or do y'know, it's even shorter than the Touchdev one.. ;) Just a few commands to execute and you're done. Doesn't even require reading, just executing the commands through putty.

    I could even have shortened my version to just half the amount of steps but wanted to explain a litte more with each step.
     
  21. yacoub macrumors member

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    more precise maybe but harder to understand unless you've used a unix prompt before.
     
  22. Shanesan macrumors 6502

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    Easy as heck. Literally copy and paste. Awesome job.
     
  23. adamman41 macrumors regular

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    does this alter how the folders r gonna be setup in sftp after i do this? this is all doe by just simply sshing and copy and pasting every step right? but mainly does this alter how my folders are setup in sftp? or change anything else like that?
     
  24. swedishviking thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not really no.. You'd access the Applications folder as you normally do.
     

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