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Archiving Cydia installation packages on the iPhone

Posted by onlydarksets on October 1, 2008

An interesting question was posed at PDAPhoneHome about downloading jailbroken apps on the iPhone for archival purposes.  Without getting into whether this is necessary or not, here’s how you do it:

First, install MobileTerminal, run it, and then switch to root (or install OpenSSH and SSH in as root) – you can install from either Cydia or Installer:

su root

(default password is “alpine”, without quotes)

Then, use apt to download the package:

apt-get install <packagename> -d

The files are saved to /var/cache/apt/archives

You can back this file up via SFTP, and install from it using the following commandline:

dpkg -i <package.deb>

Note that <packagename> and <package.deb> will likely be different.

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