HOW-TO: Get around the application space limit your Touch

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  1. swedishviking

    swedishviking New Member

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    HOW-TO: Get around the application space limit your Touch!

    Executing the commands below will remove your application space limitation so that you're only limited by the device's drive.. Your apps will share the same space available to your media files.

    NOTE: This guide assumes you have jailbreaked your iPod touch and installed the necessary Unix binaries, either manually or by using some sort of semi-automated/automated jailbreak method.

    WARNING: Although this seems to work just as intended, it's not been tested for more than a number of hours, meaning that it's entirely possible it could somehow break in the future. Therefore, only do this at your own risk!

    1.
    SSH into your iPod touch using the SSH client of your choice; I recommend putty, which you can download at http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

    2.
    Move your applications folder to the /private/var folder by typing the following:

    Code:
    mv /Applications /private/var/Applications
    3.
    Change directory to / by typing

    Code:
    cd /
    4.
    Create a symbolic link to the Applications folders new location:

    Code:
    ln -s /private/var/Applications Applications
    5.
    Type the following to get a directory list of /, so we can make sure the symbolic link was created correctly:

    Code:
    ls -la
    In the list that comes up, you should have an entry similar to this one:

    Code:
    lrwxr-xr-x  1 root admin   25 Oct 12 22:31 Applications -> /private/var/Applications
    6. Alright, seems like it worked.. Now all you have to do is reboot your iPod touch! Do that now.

    7. To further make sure it's working correctly for you, enter the Installer app and check the available space at the bottom. It should be higher than it was previously, as you've moved away all space-intensive apps. Try installing an app larger than 1MB (MobileChat for example) to see that the amount of available space stays the same.

    8. Done! Install away!
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  2. ralphy34

    ralphy34 New Member

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    I'll wait for someone to verify this. I ain't doing this to my ipodtouch. I'm satisfied how big it is for now. But looking forward to get more space later.

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  3. swedishviking

    swedishviking New Member

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    Well, the risk is honestly quite minimal.. If you're unsure, simply backup the Applications folder first by typing:

    Code:
    cp -Rp /Applications /private/var/Applications.backup
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  4. eco21

    eco21 New Member

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    that is brilliant swedishviking

    how would you go about restoring the backup, if it was quite seamless should allow others to try it knwoing it can easily be fixed

    Do you think that some of the files we install onto could be cache and faster to access than the flash memory: just a thought
  5. swedishviking

    swedishviking New Member

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    To restore the backup, simply execute

    Code:
    rm -rf /Applications /private/var/Applications
    to remove the symlink and the copied Apps folder.. and then

    Code:
    mv /private/var/Applications.backup /Applications
    to move the backup folder back to its original position. Should work fine.

    Any speed improvements there would likely be neligible, even if there was an easy way to keep specific/favorite files in the RAM at all times.. It's certainly technically possible, just not worth the effort.

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  6. SkylarEC

    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    Awesome! I can't say I'll be doing this quite yet, but it's good to know I can.
  7. entmike

    entmike New Member

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    Did this earlier today, had the same idea

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    Works great.
  8. dimdig23

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    i think i will try this, lets hope i dont fudge my ipod uup
    i am going to make a backup file of this, just in the rare case

    It Worked
  9. swedishviking

    swedishviking New Member

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    Glad to hear mate, it's so far been working very well for me and I've since installed/uninstalled apps and rebooted numerous times.

    I'll try and write a patch for it sometime tomorrow, for those that can't use putty.
  10. Sw33tbabibBlu3

    Sw33tbabibBlu3 New Member

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    this needs to be cleaned up, compiled, and stickied. Awesome.

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