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05-20-2008, 02:25 PM #1
Installer suddenly not working anymore for me
I am on 1.1.3 Jailbroken with ziphone quite some time ago and everything has been working flawlessly. That is, until about 3 days ago, a couple or three days (I think) after I installed the latest version of Installer. When I tap my Installer icon, it goes to the white screen, stays there for about 10 seconds, then returns to my springboard without running Installer.
I can SSH into my iPhone with WinSCP to change permissions if that is the problem, but I don't know what to change, and I'm not certain that is even the problem. I'm wondering if anybody else has ever encountered this problem and has a solution.
On a side note, up until recently, I was a Mac virgin, having owned and used only PC's my entire computing career. So every modification I made to my iPhone using a computer, was done on a PC. I had considered using WinPWN to re-jailbreak when I had the PC, but really didn't want to bother with it because everything was working just fine the way it was. Now that I have an iMac, I surely could simply PWN my iPhone at some point should I decide to do that. But again, I would really rather just continue using my 1.1.3 jailbroken iPhone as it's been working fine...that is..until this recent Installer problem.
05-20-2008, 02:26 PM #2
Did you SSH and try and check the permissions... set to 775 (or 755)?
05-20-2008, 02:36 PM #3
I am in my iPhone right now with SSH (actually, I am still using WinSSH as I am running Parallels on my iMac and have WindowsXP installed and running, and didn't know the equivalent Mac program to do this with) and looking around for an actually program called "Installer" to change the permission of. But I am unable to find such a program. Maybe you can tell me what exactly to look for and where to look for it at. Thanks
05-20-2008, 02:42 PM #4
should be in /root/applications or possibly /private/var/applications or /private/var/stash/applications
05-20-2008, 02:46 PM #5
Okay. I think I found it. It is now set at 6755, not 0755. You think that's the problem? I see that by setting permissions to 6755 puts additional check marks in the "Set UID" and "Set GID" boxes.
As a side note, I see that you are running AT&T 1.1.4 PWNed and running Leopard and XP also. So you are jailbroken but not unlocked, which is what I also would do. As I said in my initial post, I've considered PWNing my phone also and now that I have an iMac I can do that if I choose to. What was your experience doing that? Any problems? Everything works fine for you now?
Last edited by spongebobiwan; 05-20-2008 at 02:51 PM.
05-20-2008, 11:16 PM #6
im still having issues with installer,
ive read lots of post on here and else where, stating to just need to set the permissions to 755/777/0755/0777
ive tried all that, still no joy,
now it tells me "insufficient permissions" and when i try to download/uninstall/update something its says "ERROR not enough free space..."
if any one has any ideas please let me know, i have googled this every which way,
05-21-2008, 05:09 AM #7
Easiest thing to do m8 is to ONLY use the jailbreak option on ziphone, u will NOT lose any apps or contacts but will re install the installer app, it worked for me.
05-21-2008, 05:53 AM #8
I had the white screen problem with installer last night and it drove me nuts so i sat there and tried stuff until i was able to fix it. One thing I noticed is that every time it did this, there would be a new entry in the /var/logs/CrashReporter folder which seems to contain crash information. Reading those files might help, but mine didn't help too much, but their presence confirmed that installer was crashing. If you have these crash files and new ones appear when you run installer, you might have the same problem as me. I fixed my problem by going to /var/mobile/Library/Installer and renaming RemotePackages.plist to RemotePackages.plist.old and when I ran installer it regenerated that file. It looks like something got corrupted in it. I actually did that with all the files in that folder, but it seems like that 1 file was the one that needed to be changed. Hope this helps!
05-21-2008, 08:45 AM #9
I too had noticed a new entry in crash reporter every time I attempted to run installer only to have it crash, but did not know what to do about it. I can confirm that your method is precisely accurate for fixing this problem. I just did the same thing you did by renaming the RemotePackages.plist file and Installer did indeed create a new copy. Installer wanted to update to the new version which I declined to do just yet until this gets sorted out. It seems to me that it was shortly after I updated to the new version before, that this problem first began.
Last edited by spongebobiwan; 05-21-2008 at 08:51 AM.
05-21-2008, 12:08 PM #10
ok i renamed all the files in var/mobile/library/installer to filename.plist.old and as you said it replaced them all with new files, and added an extra plist at the end of each of the old files. (filename.plist.old.plist )
this did seems to make things work a little better, in that its begins the download, and then says "main script execution failed"
i have changed all the installer files on my phone to 755.
any help would be great,
thanks to people who replied to my above post,
05-21-2008, 04:20 PM #11
same problem here... except i dont have ssh or afp installed because i just restored last night and hadn't had a chance to install those yet. soooo... any ideas for me? or am i SOL and need to restore again?21.5" iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 l 15" MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 l 17" PowerBook 1.67 GHz
iPhone 4 32 GB l TV 160 GB l 32 GB iPad
05-22-2008, 02:59 PM #12
05-22-2008, 10:20 PM #13
i tried it goes in the installer but when i click on a category it freezes
05-24-2008, 09:02 PM #14
Im on firmware 1.0.2 and i tired using iBrickr to get to the /var/mobile/Library/Installer directory but it doesnt exist, and niether does the RemotePackages file.
Am I SOL or is there another fix?
05-25-2008, 10:51 AM #15
try to see if you can find it in the /var/root/Library/Installer directory or if you can ssh or use a terminal prog on your iPod, do a find / | grep remotepackages and see if that locates it for you.
05-25-2008, 11:58 AM #16
Okay, i found it in that directory, but when i change the file extension to .old it doesnt seem to help, and no new file is regenerated.
It gets to the installer main page after 1-2 seconds of blank installer main screen but then crashes as soon as it tries to refresh the sources.
I tired removing all of the files in that directory and it refreshes the sources about 1/2 the way and then crashes...
Theres no way to even virginize my phone now that installer doesnt work! what the heck am i supposed to do!
05-26-2008, 02:47 PM #17
After searching around on the web, i found that some people use ziphone and re-jailbreak their phones to fix the installer crash.
Is there a chance that this can wreck my phone or is it worth a try?
Im running 1.0.2 still and want to upgrade my phone. For that to be done, i need to virginize before i can do anything, is that correct?
05-29-2008, 04:02 PM #18
Erase old files in /var/mobile/Library/Installer
I also found that if you go into /var/mobile/Library/Installer & then right click on the RemotePackages.plist file & choose edit & open it, you can then right click again, choose "select all" & hit backspace to empty the temp junk that is stored in there & holding up your installer. You must close ouut the file & click yes when it asks you if you want to erase all the old data. You will then see the storage # that was in the millions next to your file go to zero. This has fixed mine perfectly after days of it showing just the white screen & crashing. Hope it helps. Thank you.
Last edited by infamous12550; 05-29-2008 at 04:11 PM. Reason: left some stuff out!!!!!!!!!!!"Win or lose, I promise you violence"
06-01-2008, 03:16 PM #19
Renaming the remotepackages.plist to remotepackages.plist.old only fixed the problem temporarily until your sources are refreshed again. Well, thats how its been for me. screw the new installer
07-11-2008, 03:22 PM #20
BUT...... as its refreshing i get this message thats states " Insufficient Permissions...installer was not installed correctly.....Blah Blah Blah......i went back and set permissions of each files to 0755 and even went into the apllications folder and navigated to installer and set permission for all fiels to 0755...not sure why it keeps saying that...help need!!!