IPA won't install because iPhone thinks it is already installed

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Squeak825, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Squeak825 macrumors regular

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    So, here is a series of events:

    1) Installed an app by copying the .app file to /Applications on the iPhone
    2) Attempted to launch the app, but it would crash
    3) Deleted the folder from /Applications
    4) Found an .ipa wrapper for it and installed it into iTunes
    5) When iTunes attempts to sync the app over, I get an error saying it cannot install it because it is already installed.

    Any idea what remnants could still be left over on the iPhone that makes it think the app is still there? I looked in all the folders in /var/mobile/Applications, but none appear to be for this app.

    Thanks
     
  2. goombah88 macrumors member

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    You're looking in the wrong folder. Look in /private/var/stash/Applications, or just /Applications (it's really just a link to the previous folder. See if anything's left there. Also, after removing the .app folder you should respring. do a killall SpringBoard in a terminal.
     
  3. Squeak825 thread starter macrumors regular

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    As I wrote in my original message, I deleted the folder completely from /Applications -- there is nothing there.

    Also, I have probably rebooted the phone 3 times, with no luck.
     
  4. almostaskater62 macrumors regular

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    are you sure you have the right patched mobileinstallation file? that's what did it for me, i had to try 2 i think
     
  5. mcdj macrumors 604

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    When did this become the warez help desk? Noobz.
     
  6. The General macrumors 601

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  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    set the permissions to 755. That fixes most startup crashes.
     
  8. mcdj macrumors 604

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    This is an interesting point. Does in fact jailbreaking constitute copyright infringement? It's not piracy per se...people who jailbreak are not stealing anything they don't already have on their phone, it's just a modified version of it. If it were illegal, wouldn't Apple be coming down hard on places like hackint0sh and the dev team's blog?

    Cracked IPAs are an entirely different story.
     
  9. The General macrumors 601

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    Doesn't matter if it's jailbroken or not, even if they just redistributed stock firmwares that would still be copyright infringement because they do not have permission from Apple to redistribute it. In fact, they have expressly accepted NOT to redistribute the firmware when they installed it. Surely arn has an iPhone and installed this software on his phone. Either way it doesn't matter, still a violation of copyright.

    Section 2
    http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/iphone.pdf

    And since MacRumors is publishing links to such files, I would consider MacRumors at fault here and it is my understanding that MacRumors is in violation of the iPhone Terms and Conditions and US copyright law.

    "jailbreaking" is not the illegal part.

    Posting links to, or hosting copywritten material for others to download is illegal.
     
  10. mcdj macrumors 604

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    From a legal standpoint, you would appear to be totally correct. Maybe Apple has bigger fish to fry than stopping a relative handful of hackers from jailbreaking.

    What irks me is recent onslaught of noobs on the forum asking for cracked IPA info, as if the site was called Macwarez.

    I recently saw a movie called Idiocracy. It was supposed to be a comedy. I saw it more as a cautionary horror story.
     
  11. alanisrox69 macrumors regular

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    Just because you don't want to jailbreak doesn't mean we can't.

    -Derek-
     
  12. The General macrumors 601

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    I want to make perfectly clear what I'm saying:

    Links to downloading iPhone firmware other than from Apple: copyright infringement.
    Jailbreaking: I was going to say perfectly fine, but the way we do it is illegal. Apple encrypts the firmware files, and I don't know if that would be considered a form of copy protection or not, but in order to jailbreak, we have to circumvent it. If it IS considered copy protection, then it may or may not be illegal still. One would argue that we do it for fair use or for the purposes of interoperability (two exceptions of the DMCA) ... but IANAL so I don't really know much more about it other than to analyze it to death like I'm doing now.

    Still, the only part I'm concerned with is the fact that:

    1. There are warez n00bs here that the mods don't care about now.
    2. MacRumors is posting links to warez now.

    What is up with that?
     
  13. The General macrumors 601

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    LOLWUT :confused::confused:

    I don't even know how to respond to you. You CLEARLY misunderstood all of my posts. My phoen is jailbroken and I have pirated ipas on it as we speak. ;)

    I've been jailbroken since the very first jailbreak for the very first iPhone firmware. Remember iPhoneInterface, anyone? ;)

    You can't talk about pirating apps here because it's against the rules. I'm not against it, that's just the way it is. You also probably shouldn't post links to download pre-pwned firmwares since that is a violation of US copyright law.
     
  14. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Hes saying that its illegal to have links to those files, and they have no place on this well established site.



    (ive been jailbroken since the day i got my ipod)
     
  15. alanisrox69 macrumors regular

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    Dunno why you guys care so much then. Seems like a waste of keyboard strokes complaining about it.
     
  16. majid23 macrumors member

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    OK, I figured this out using the program "Categories"...While adding files to my Games folder (within Categories), I noticed that NettersAnatomy.app (the app that was giving me the same problem as the OP) was still available to be chosen from my Springboard to be added to the new folder (it had a question mark next to it as its logo). So I deleted it from the Springboard through Categories...then I connected to iTunes and tried installing the IPA again and it worked...Good luck.
     
  17. captncoala macrumors newbie

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    I am having the same problem, but this solution did not work for me. I actually deleted the com.apple.springboard.plist to completely reset the springboard, hoping this would fix it, but no. I have also removed another plist that was directly related to the app I am having trouble with. Deleting the springboard.plist forced me to remove all apps from categories folders (I know I could have just used poof to re hide them but they needed to be resorted anyway).
    I now cannot find any reference whatsoever to the offending app, and yet it still wont sync, saying it is already installed. Are there any other plists that may have a reference to installed apps?
     
  18. Caifo macrumors newbie

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    Hi! After many hours of investigation on this issue, I finally found the file /private/var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.apple.mobile.installation.plist, which saves a record of any application installed. Even Cydia, Installer and SSHed apps are registered there.

    If you are getting the "app is already installed" message on iTunes, I recommend you to check on that file (with a Plist editor such as PlistEdit Pro), and delete any entries you see of the application you want to install.

    That worked for me. Good luck!
     
  19. cba2m5 macrumors newbie

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    Can't reinstall .ipa

    I had a bunch of ipa's installed but when I updated to 2.2.1 and tried to reinstall everything, less than half are put back on. I tried everything on this post but no luck.. Any ideas?
     
  20. Snide macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, go to the App Store and BUY them. ;)
     

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