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How to fix some mysterious problems.

stuck at apple logo.

Title is my "problem"

so ill explain the reason(bullet point):

-my other phone became obsolete because the mic was becoming intermittent (searched internet solution found... I got michael j. fox hands I cant solder)

-so anyway grabbed a new phone set it up. wanted to set cydia/sources up without typing it all in manually ( this actually took longer then just typing it in manually/re-downloading all packages by hand, lesson learnt.)

  • cyder 2 failed to work, so I just copied the sources.d.list (don't remember then name) and the whole folder into the other phone.

  • this worked, and after i used apt-get update (or was it cyder) it reinstalled obsolete apps that I removed months ago.

  • moving forward, the jailbreak was unstable, sbsettings dock (with apps inside) and sbsettings processes button caused it to boot into safe mode.

  • attempted to use mobilesubstrate to disable all extensions (name?) and check if those packages that caused safe mode still did(they did).

  • got irritated (wasn't sure if I caused a bad jb or what) so I attempted to cause cydia to delete all packages sources and just reinstall cydia. this didn't work upon deletion/re-installation of cydia (using redsnow) the sources were still there.

  • super irritated went into ifunbox, deleted the apt folder reinstalled cydia (nope sources still there). wiped etc (googled what would happen if I did first, got nothing.) and phones stuck at apple logo.

now do I have a question ? yes. - is there a way to get out of this? - now this isn't that important as I'm just going to restore. but I still have access to my other phone if anyone wants to try to figure this problem out ill just delete the /etc/ folder on that. I did attempt to use the apps suggested in this FAQ:
no luck

attempted the "for new people":

no luck

or you know explain a way to wipe cydia and all its config files(I did remove all packages but still wanted a clean cydia.)

---now to go through with Mozilla spell-check

asked 30 Jan '13, 04:48

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You destroyed an important system directory and need to restore your device in iTunes. This does mean your device will be upgraded to 6.1. If your device has an A4 or older CPU, you can follow these instructions to attempt to return to the firmware you were on; if that doesn't work or if your device is A5 or newer, you'll need to wait a few days for the 6.x untether release. Please don't delete random system files after you re-jailbreak.

About restoring Cydia sources: the way you did it won't work. Cydia rebuilds /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cydia.list every time you open it from the repo list in /var/lib/cydia/metadata.plist. This is why your repos were still installed after deleting /etc/apt. You can simply copy that file from one device to another to copy Cydia settings (your "Who Are You?" setting, disabled sections and repo list) It's also best to not reinstall packages you had installed on an older device/firmware; instead go through them all one by one so you know which is the culprit if you start experiencing problems.


answered 30 Jan '13, 05:01

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kirb ♦

hah, yeah i dont plan to do that again but the phone was a brand new restore so i didnt lose anything big(maybe 1 or 2 photos).

so you're saying if i copy this /var/lib/cydia/metadata.plist ill have the sources/repos and nothing else (basically all i want retyping them all is just a pain.)

i accidentally installed the packages with mobileterminal by accident (or was it cyder 2 i dont really remember...)

(30 Jan '13, 05:10) hempal hempal's gravatar image

Yes - "your "Who Are You?" setting, disabled sections and repo list"

(30 Jan '13, 05:16) kirb ♦ kirb's gravatar image

seems like a decent enough answer to me, accepted thanks for the help boss. and the link to the a4 and lower devices guide.

(30 Jan '13, 05:18) hempal hempal's gravatar image

No problem

(30 Jan '13, 05:19) kirb ♦ kirb's gravatar image
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