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    Default access sms.db on an iPhone that is not jailbroken.
    Hello,

    I was wondering if there is a way to access/copy sms.db on my iPhone without having to jailbreak or modify it in anyway?

    I know that there are a few apps out there, but I'm on Windows XP and the only ones I have seen have been for Mac.

    So any light on the subject would greatly be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    JFontestad
    Last edited by jfontestad; 2008-09-07 at 11:44 PM.

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    yea.
    i accessed it via the backup file, but now ever since i updated to itunes 8 and upgraded to 2.1 it seems like a different format.

    Example:

    itunes 7 and i believe 2.0 ->>>
    "bplist00TPathWVersionXGreylistTData_#Li brary/CallHistory/call_history.dbS1.2ODSQLite format 3@ Y
    
      "

    now with the upgrades:
    "bplist00
    TPathWVersionXGreylistVDomainTData_#Library/CallHistory/call_history.dbS2.0ZHomeDomainODSQLite format 3@ G
    
    
      "

    see the difference?

    I used to use http://iphonewebdev.googlegroups.com/web/bkupextract.pl

    but now with the new formatting i get an sqllite error saying this is not a valid sqllite file.

    any takers?

  4. #4
    Hi All,
    I would be also really interested to understand what is happening. I use to use plutil.pl for Windows/Linux but it does not work anymore...

    Thanks a lot

  5. #5
    well, if you are jailbroken you can use plutil directly on your phone if you have erica's utilities installed from cydia.

    if you are not jailbroken, then you need to find a mac I guess

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    Might as well jailbreak. I don't see any reason why anyone shouldn't jailbreak.

  7. #7
    My phone is not jailbreak, but I guess it does not matter as I would like to use the mddata/mdbackup file that is generated on my computer. I also have a mac

    I would like to keep using my PHP / Perl script that was working pretty well until now.

    That is the error that it given when I do it in comand line:

    Code:
    perl plutil.pl untitled/481488.mddata
    plutil.pl v1.5
    
    Old: untitled/481488.mddata, from: text, to: binary
    TryName: untitled/481488.mddata
    TryName: untitled/481488.mddata
    XMLToBinary:
    Unknown plist version 	???Etrigg[some long text]ght INTEGER, UIFlags INTEGER, version INTEGER, subject TEXT, country TEXT, headers BLOB, recipients BLOB, read INTEGER)3indexmessage_flags_indexmessage at plutil.pl line 555, <INF> line 3.
    Unrecognized character x87 at (eval 5) line 1, <INF> line 4.
     in ReadXObject at plutil.pl line 253, <INF> line 4.
    I tried to take the warning line off
    Code:
     warn "Unknown plist version " if  ne "<plist version="1.0">";
    but it still give me an error

    Anyone has an idea?

    Thanks a lot

    Yves

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