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  • [Review] WallpaperLog - A Live Console Log On Your Home Screen


    There are many processes that occur on your iDevice when you are out and about tapping things and having fun on it. One small launch of an application could be the execution of over one hundred lines of code. The problem is, you never get to see what's behind the structure of an application launch process in iOS. All you see a beautiful graphical user interface that acts upon your touch with incredible animations. Wouldn't it be cool if you could see what was really going on in the background of your iDevice while you fiddle around with all of the things that you do on a daily basis?

    A new jailbreak tweak dubbed WallpaperLog by iOS developer Filippo Bigarella lets you see what's going on through a live Console view that shows on your home screen above your wallpaper and below your applications. It looks like something right out of the matrix, but it's pretty neat to say the least. When we say live, we mean live. As you open applications and use jailbreak tweaks and stuff of the sort, you will see the green console text on the home screen scroll through lines of text that mirror exactly what you are doing as you can see from the screenshot above.

    Filippo has decided not to release WallpaperLog to any of the official repositories because, "its implementation is not suitable for non-developer users" (Bigarella). Apart from the fact that he will not be releasing it to any major repositories, he has still made the '.deb' file publicly available for anyone that wants to toy around with it. There are some prerequisites that you need to think about before downloading it such as: Filippo will not offer any support for it since he is not releasing it officially and also you need to have some general iOS knowledge to truly understand what the Console is actually telling you.

    If you can grin and bear with the prerequisites, then you can download the '.deb' file from this link which Filippo made available via his Twitter earlier this afternoon. It does have a dependency for the tweak called 'syslogd to /var/log/syslog' which you will have to install after installing the '.deb' file. If you've never heard of that tweak before, it was made by Jay Freeman (saurik) and you can download it from the Cydia/Telesphoreo repository which comes pre-loaded with your jailbreak; it looks like this:



    While the tweak probably isn't helpful for anyone, it's very awesome looking and is a pretty cool idea. I would love to see this tweak become live on a major repository some day with possibly the ability to see it on a blank home screen page with no applications. Console logs are extremely helpful in troubleshooting and they simply look cool. You can use it to show off to all of your friends and they will be jealous; very jealous. You can see the official iOS console log by plugging your iDevice into your Mac and launching Xcode to use the computer-based console log. I think this tweak will be staying on my device for a while.

    Name: WallpaperLog
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: N/A
    Developer: Filippo Bigarella
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    Sources: Filippo Bigarella
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] WallpaperLog - A Live Console On Your Home Screen started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      YAY I'm totally going to use this
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      This looks sweet, can I download it and install it with ifile
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigliquid530 View Post
      This looks sweet, can I download it and install it with ifile
      Yeah download link is in the article
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      I installed mine but mine just says "can't open /var/log/syslog. restart syslogd"
    1. zipzap62's Avatar
      zipzap62 -
      Quote Originally Posted by andrewe13 View Post
      I installed mine but mine just says "can't open /var/log/syslog. restart syslogd"
      Yea same. But I restarted my phone and now it just keeps reboot looping, unable for it to start

      How do I manually remove it?
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Russian View Post
      Yeah download link is in the article
      Thanks its pretty cool but the lines only stretch halfway across my screen kinda weird, but still cool
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      holy cow this is awesome
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Quote Originally Posted by andrewe13 View Post
      I installed mine but mine just says "can't open /var/log/syslog. restart syslogd"
      Ok that's why mine isn't showing the whole thing it's showing the same thing kinda of curious but how do you remove this tweak

      Also I powered my phone off then on and it fixed the problem
    1. floyd27's Avatar
      floyd27 -
      Got it working after a reboot.

      4S was insanely laggy. Unusable !

      Removed the syslogd from cydia and it also removed wallpaper log with it .
      Good riddens...

      Horrible!

      The only good thing that came from this was reminding me to install ifile..
      Dont risk a restore. Stay away. Needs much work
    1. mix1607's Avatar
      mix1607 -
      omg just had a great thought
      live rss feeds on walpaper or maby twitter updates or facebook notification updates
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Everyone, this is only useful for developers so don't complain if you hate it or you don't know what it does
    1. Modmywhat?'s Avatar
      Modmywhat? -
      I'm so happy to see this working!! It was my idea to him. It's based off XLOG in the Mac AppStore (check it out!). He made this like two hours after I suggested it to him which is amazing on his part.

      (link to tweet so you know I'm not making up stories...yes my names AJ Spatz...)
      https://twitter.com/filippobiga/status/168372454090211328
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Quote Originally Posted by mix1607 View Post
      omg just had a great thought
      live rss feeds on walpaper or maby twitter updates or facebook notification updates
      There's plenty of widgets for that already, look into PerPageHtml + .
    1. soydepr's Avatar
      soydepr -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      There's plenty of widgets for that already, look into PerPageHtml + .
      i installed it but how do i start it, i dont see anything ?

      Quote Originally Posted by zipzap62 View Post
      Yea same. But I restarted my phone and now it just keeps reboot looping, unable for it to start

      How do I manually remove it?
      try dpkg -r wplog

      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Russian View Post
      YAY I'm totally going to use this
      i did you guys installed it ,
      i tried dpkg -i foo and that didint seem to work
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Quote Originally Posted by soydepr View Post
      i installed it but how do i start it, i dont see anything ?



      try dpkg -r wplog



      i did you guys installed it ,
      i tried dpkg -i foo and that didint seem to work
      Reboot
    1. soydepr's Avatar
      soydepr -
      Reboot didnt work, ok how do i uninstall this , since not working for me

      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Russian View Post
      Reboot
      no working after rebooting, how i uninstall it

      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Russian View Post
      Reboot
      these are the files it installed

      ./private/var/lib/dpkg/info/com.filippobiga.wplog.list
      ./private/var/mobile/Applications/39D49E91-EDAF-4096-ADA5-AAB18F09E8CB/Documents /com.filippobiga.wplog_1.0-1_iphoneos-arm.deb


      since not working how i uninstalled

      i tried dpkg -r wplog and no luck
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Quote Originally Posted by soydepr View Post
      Reboot didnt work, ok how do i uninstall this , since not working for me



      no working after rebooting, how i uninstall it


      these are the files it installed

      ./private/var/lib/dpkg/info/com.filippobiga.wplog.list
      ./private/var/mobile/Applications/39D49E91-EDAF-4096-ADA5-AAB18F09E8CB/Documents /com.filippobiga.wplog_1.0-1_iphoneos-arm.deb


      since not working how i uninstalled

      i tried dpkg -r wplog and no luck
      Oh my goodness use. Cydia