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2012-08-01 Waiting for changes to be applied (again)

I’m having the stupid Waiting for changes to be applied when synchronizing my iPad. Again.

Here’s a potential cause:

We have multiple iPhoto libraries on this computer. My default iPhoto library is “Alex iPhoto Library” but today I started to synchronize the iPad and iTunes told me that it would wipe all the photos on my iPad but that all the photos on my iPad would be unaffected. Huh!? I decided to not synchronize photos and proceeded. After the sync I verified that the checkbox for synchronizing photos was no longer checked. I started iPhoto and realized that it started with “Claudia iPhoto Library”. I switched the library: quit iPhoto and press Alt while starting it again – what an idiot user interface! Discoverability? 0%! Then I went back to iTunes, checked the sync photo checkbox again and started the synchronization again. It has been stuck for seven minutes “waiting for changes to be applied.”

Thrice cursed bug of a castrated wolf howling at street lights! >{

I hate you!

I’ll following my own advice I gave myself three weeks ago: Just restore the stupid thing.

I hate doing this.

I totally expect there to be problems with all the apps containing downloadable content such as all the tables for my beloved Pinball Arcade.

Update: The next day, the reset is complete. A message greets me saying that over 6000 objects could not be synchronized and that more info would be available in iTunes. No such info is available in iTunes, of course. :(

I quickly try to sync the iPad again, and guess what? “Waiting for changes to be applied!” I wait some more. And suddenly: “Copying photo 1 of 12695!” Wow, perhaps this will work after all! After a while a message tells that over 3000 objects could not be synchronized and that more info would be available in iTunes. No such info is available in iTunes, of course. But the number has decreased. I feel encouraged.

I quickly try to sync the iPad again but no more progress is made. The photos synchronized end sometime in 2011. Will try to reboot the iPad and retry. Time passes. “Waiting for changes to be applied.” This makes me so tired.

Against all odds and after waiting what looks like an hour, the message has changed from “Waiting for changes to be applied” to “Copying photo 453 of 3271!” Patience is key. I also checked the “include videos” checkbox in the Photos section because I wanted the videos as wall and because I felt that maybe I should change something in order to trigger the synchronization again as it was quietly failing before. Perhaps that wasn’t necessary and the simple reboot and the extra patience after that was enough.

For the record and in case anybody stumbles over this page in the coming years: I’m using Mac OS X 10.6.8 and a first generation iPad and I’m synchronizing more than 20’000 photos which take around 15GB.

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DocDigital (Pista Stefan)
I had a similar strange problem with syncing the iPod touch with a lot of pictures. In those days I thought that it was defective because there was always crashes at irregular intervals. In the end it was something I had not even what the same thought: hardware! The USB cable has an extension (or USB) hub led to disturbances of connected! argh! :-S The cable was to blame ⇒ USB ⇔ Ipod cable directly to the PC brought immediate assistance … and then it ran without any errors! Probably all been said other device it worked without a problem, even hard drives, but the iPod did not want to …

DocDigital (Pista Stefan) 2012-08-07 11:21 UTC



AlexSchroeder
Hm, mein Kabel steckt direkt am Computer ohne Hub. Zudem verwende ich das gleiche Kabel für die Synchronisation der iPods und iPhones von mir und meiner Frau – nur bei einem der insgesamt sechs Geräten spinnt die Synchronisation. (Ich kann mich allerdings erinnern, dass ich auch schon mal Probleme mit einem USB Kabel hatte, aber das war vor einigen Jahren.)

Naja, und jetzt habe ich gerade das iPad wieder eingesteckt, weil ich mir dachte, ich sollte einfach öfter synchronisieren – und nun scheint es schon wieder stundenlang zu dauern (allerdings im Moment gerade mit “Waiting for items to copy”). Naja, schlussendlich hat es trotzdem funktioniert. Die stundenlage Warterei scheint wohl der neue Standard zu sein. Wenn der Prozess mal mit dem Kopieren der Fotos anfängt geht es nämlich ziemlich flott. Vielleicht müsste ich die iPhoto Bibliothek wirklich auftrennen. :(

AlexSchroeder 2012-08-07 15:44 UTC



DocDigital (Pista Stefan)
Hmm..was ich bei iTunes kenne und auch nicht gerne hat, sind Sonderzeichen in Musik Dateien (MP3) ^°§’^ usw…aber da Frage ich mich wirklich, bei Bildern ist das eigentlich echt weniger der Fall, bei Dateinamen “DCIMxxxx.JPG” oder ähnlich, ausser du hast alle schön in Französisch mit allen Sonderzeichen umbenannt… ;+) / Wobei wenn es jetzt ja funktoniert hat, kann es daran nicht liegen. Probleme hatte ich ab und zu auch, da ich meine iTunes Daten auf dem Server via LAN habe, das er teilweise Sachen nicht findet, ich dann das etwas auf dem LAN Drive zuerst anwählen muss (Session akiv) und er es erst dann begreift, das die Daten da sind, ähnliches konnte ich bei Datein auf externer USB Harddisk bisher feststellen. Aber wie es scheint kommt es Schlichtweg mit der Datenmenge an seine Grenzen mit den Daten zu sychronisieren….hat wohl niemand daran gedacht, das jemand gleich 300’000 Foto’s Synchronisieren möchte..wobei wenn man ja ein neues iPad 3G kauft, dann so anschliesst, ist das ja auch gleich dann der Erste Fall, alles erstmals komplett Synchronisieren… evt. ist das eine Firmware-Stabilität-Schwäche bei noch iPad 1G…beim Transferieren (ähnlich früher mit ZMODEM Download Protokoll zu Terminal BBS-Zeiten, wenn zwischendurch Rechenleistung fehlte, whatever)

Geduld bei Technik ist immer so eine Sache, warten wird immer als Verlust betrachtet ;o))) Aber nur mit Geduld kommt oft da weiter, wie im Leben :o) .. du könnstest natürlich auch weniger Fotos machen und draufladen, aber bei einem so aktiven Menschen kommt das ja sowiso nicht in Frage ! ;—) und Aufteilen, dann kommt wieder die Frage nach welchem Argument, Rückblickend ist es dann sowiso dann wieder meist das Falsche gewesen… schon verflixt Enscheidungen, Technik und Dinge um einem herum immer…zssss ;oooo)

… Aber da kommt wie immer der bekannte Spruch “irgendwie hat es funktioniert, frag mich nicht wie, es läuft jetzt so” ;ooo) Manchmal muss man sich damit zufrieden geben….bis zum nächsten Mal…. ;*)—”…verflixt, schon wieder dieses Problem” auftaucht ;o) grins

DocDigital (Pista Stefan) 2012-08-07 19:31 UTC



AlexSchroeder
Naja als Datenbänkler finde ich natürlich, dass die Library sicher aus einer SQLite DB besteht und bei den entsprechenden Abfragen wohl irgendwelche Indexe fehlen oder die Grösse des Caches nicht ausreicht – ganz klare Bugs! :)

AlexSchroeder 2012-08-07 20:17 UTC



DocDigital
…tia das läuft da bei iTunes ja leider echt File-basierend ab, mit “Speicher-Listen” im XML Format. siehe Bebschreibung http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1660?viewlocale=de_DE&locale=de_DE und http://www.backupanswers.com/blog/?p=15

… kannst dich trösten, nicht nur das läuft nicht nach unserer Erwartung. Ich schlage mich da im iTunes auch schon seit Jahren durch, den meine Lieder sind nur nach Single und nicht nach Alben gepflegt, da ich das so haben will (inkl. 1 Lied , 1 Cover !) muss ich iTunes auch austricksen, den hat man z.B. 3 x Madonna als Interpret, will aber separat pro Single ein Cover, schnallt das iTunes nicht, da Album/Interpret sein “Speicher-Argument” für die Cover sind. Ich trickse das schon seit Jahren durch einen Murks aus, indem ich Leerschläge, ALT+255 unsichtbare Sonderzeichen hinter den Interpreten-Namen hineinsetze, sodas die 3 x Madonna’s für ihn separate Interpreten sind. Das Problem besteht bis heute so, es gab da nie eine Korrektur. Man wird in ein Komsum verhalten “Alben” Verwaltung gezwungen (Cover), nach wie vor, so ist nunmal die Politik dahinter. Nicht nur da verhalte ich mich nicht nach dem Konsum-Erwartungen der Hersteller… ;—) und schon sind wir da wieder in Mitten einer deiner Hauptthemen….Politik und Software, angelangt ;*)

DocDigital 2012-08-08 05:05 UTC

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2012-07-09 Waiting for changes to be applied (iPad)

I’m not sure whether I had this problem before. Ever since importing a few photos yesterday I can no longer sync my iPad with iTunes. The last step is Waiting for changes to be applied and it takes forever.

I’m thinking that maybe I need to “Restore” the iPad. This will take many hours—and I have already wasted a few hours trying to find a solution without restoring from backup. Let this serve as a note to my future self that it didn’t work. Just restore the stupid thing.

Even if this means waiting for 16.4G of photos and 32.3GB of apps (mostly PDFs for GoodReader).

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2011-11-06 iTunes iPad Backup

The media on this iPad cannot be backed up because there is not enough free space on this computer to hold all of the backed up files (31.30 GB required, 3.57 GB available). Would you like to continue to update this iPad?
Continuing will result in the loss of all media on this iPad.

I hate you! My external disk drive has 214.03 GB available. Now what?

I think what I’ll try is move all my existing backups from ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ to my external drive and link the new location to the old location.

  1. it did not work – even though this is what other people suggest as well
  2. tried it with a symbolic link instead of the links Finder creates, but it didn’t work, either
  3. tried moving MobilSync to the external disk and symbolic linking it, but it didn’t work, either

iTunes keeps telling me that there’s not enough space. >{

Hours later… I’ve deleted ~/Library/Caches/* and ~/Downloads/* for both accounts on this machine and I have emptied the Trash many times… and finally—finally!—there is enough free space to start the upgrade including a media backup.

Curious, however, I wanted to know where stupid iTunes is saving the backup to. Well, theoretically lsof will “list open files”. Let’s see:

Pyrobombus:~ alex$ lsof|grep -i backup 
AppleMobi 895 alex  txt      REG       14,2    499200 11536761 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework/Versions/A/AppleMobileDeviceHelper.app/Contents/Resources/AppleMobileBackup
AppleMobi 895 alex    7w     REG       14,5   2097152  3720396 /Volumes/Extern/MobileSync/Backup/346b7073bd3e141e94284c421ed96dc724f88ff9/Snapshot/8277946022662205f468e8e329528bfa8b0c9fbf.upload

I noticed that you might have to call this repeatedly because at particular points in time the process might not be writing backup files.

Anyway. What does this tell me? iTunes checks the available disk space on the default drive where it thinks the backup will be created, even though I moved the directory to an external disk. sucks

Well, I was hoping this fixed the stupid problem, but not so:

An error occurred while backing up this iPad (-50). Would you like to continue to update this iPad?
Continuing will result in the loss of all contents on this iPad.

Now what? Retry? I wonder what that means, exactly: Loss of all in-app purchases? What if the app is no longer supported—are the in-app purchases that I am unable to download lost forever?

Another question poses itself: Do I need a backup as part of this upgrade process? When I sync the iPad before doing the upgrade, I see that it is doing a backup. When I check iTunes Preferences → Advanced → Devices → I see “Alex Schröder’s iPad – Today 11:20” (not quite what I expected but close enough). Perhaps I can just upgrade the iPad and then restore this backup?

Googling for this error leads me to a thread where a user is saying “I had my MobileSync folder symlinked…” This is exactly what I did to avoid the first error. Needless to say, this makes me very unhappy.

What I’ll try next is deleting the symlink without moving the backup data back to the main drive and upgrade. We’ll see about the various backups after the upgrade. Perhaps the 31.30 GB required are just a temporary thing. I sure hope so.

It worked! When I came back this morning I saw Syncing Photos to “Alex Schröder’s iPad (Step 6/6)—Copying photo 16600 of 19540” ok

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Jovial Priest
I love Apple - until it doesn’t work…

Jovial Priest 2011-11-06 20:33 UTC



AlexSchroeder
My thoughts exactly! sigh I switched to Apple after having used various GNU/Linux distributions for years. I spent a lot of time tinkering with the system. Apple appeared to offer a fix to this problem, and it just works—most of the time. When it doesn’t work, though…

AlexSchroeder 2011-11-06 23:04 UTC



Brian Isikoff
Sorry to hear you’re in iPad hell. I just brought on line a 2 TB external (2 TB … and I recall the days of tape) for my media. In my case, it was the prior drive going down, taking all the music with it (and nearly the MacBook, whose hd was also entirely full). Managed to recover an old episode of the podcast, plus (thanks to iCloud, I’ll admit) a ton of music.

Brian Isikoff 2011-11-07 15:28 UTC



AlexSchroeder
Episode 60 was good! The amount of work producing a sound track for every player is staggering, however. Wow!!

AlexSchroeder 2011-11-12 09:16 UTC

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2010-12-23 Love Bots

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Cubicle Rage by kensanata, on Flickr

LoveBots by Kit Robot is a silly iPad app that will allow you to pick and arrange bot parts to create funny robots appropriate for flyers, invitations, avatars, and the like. There’s a Flickr group for uploads: The LoveBots by Kit Robot. I found the app via a post on BoingBoing: LoveBot: design robot avatars on iPhone / iPad.

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2010-10-03 iPad Safari Fail

Here’s something else that really aggravates me when it comes to the iPad. I love to surf the web with it. In fact, I used the iPhone a lot to read blog updates via Google Reader. I loved doing this sitting in the sun on the balcony, lying on my bed before falling asleep, sitting in the bus commuting. I love reading blogs and wikis on the iPhone. On the tiny iPhone screen! I decided that I loved it so much, in fact, that I’d buy myself an iPad to do it. And I loved it, too! I just enjoyed a long summer break and rarely powered up the laptop. The iPad was always there. Always on. I didn’t read many books. I just devoured blogs, websites, wikis.

And here’s the rub: I like to comment on blogs and wikis. In fact I bought two keyboards for the iPad because each has a different set of drawbacks. One thing I was unable to work around, however, is this: When you start writing a blog comment or editing a wiki page, you inevitably get into a situation where you need to look something up online. You need to open another browser window, find a link, copy a text passage, verify a fact. And when you return to your blog comment or wiki page, Safari will sometimes reload the page, loosing what you wrote.

It just happened again, causing me to write this rant.

This is incredibly annoying. I hate it. I HATE it! tentacle evil danger

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Comments on 2010-10-03 iPad Safari Fail

You just need to buy another ipad ;)

RadomirDopieralski 2010-10-04 14:19 UTC


Haha! I’m sure this is something that needs to be added to the operating system by Apple. And since it’s all about the walled garden, here, I cannot add it myself.

AlexSchroeder 2010-10-04 16:52 UTC

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2010-10-01 iPad Keyboard

Jetzt habe ich sowohl ein Keyboard Dock (mit Gewicht zum iPad reinstecken) als auch ein Bluetooth Keyboard (klein und flach zum mitnehmen) für mein iPad gekauft und stelle zuhause fest, das eine davon ist Deutsch, das andere ist Schweizerdeutsch. Und iPad unterstützt nur das Deutsche Layout. Bisher habe ich nichts davon gemerkt, weil ich mich schnell umgewöhne. Jetzt wo mein Bluetooth Keyboard aber das falsche Layout hat, fällt es mir auf. Soll ich mich ärgern? :€

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Comments on 2010-10-01 iPad Keyboard

Wait, so you got a keyboard for your iPad? Are you going to get a mouse, too? Soon you’ll have a laptop with inferior hardware :)

And they have Swiss German keyboards?!?

– Adrian 2010-10-01 20:32 UTC


German and Swiss German keyboards
Small differences
Most annoying examples:
German Swiss German
ß
´ ^
^§
§ *
*!
!+
+¨
£
#$
$ç
Ö é
Ü è
Ä à

And so on… I just remembered that I ranted on a related subject before: Swiss and German Keyboard on the iBook.

AlexSchroeder 2010-10-01 23:14 UTC


Ja unbedingt ärgern, iPad auf den Boden werfen, drauf stampfen, das Bügeleisen draufschmeissen und dann aus dem Fenster werfen.

2ni 2010-10-03 08:01 UTC

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2010-08-02 pTerm for iPad

I’m not too happy with the expensive pTerm app I bought for the iPad. I understand some of my annoyance is due to Apple’s crappy restrictions: third party developers may only use the pubIic APIs which prevent the control key on the external keyboard from working. Stupidity rules!

But my unhappiness goes further than that. I’ve had crashes. I cannot help but compare the clumsy standard keyboard with the awesome TouchTerm SSH overlay keyboard on my iPhone. I was unable to type a Control+Space. While typing I get the feeling that there are slight redraw errors. As I move the cursor through the lines of my Emacs running on the remote system, lines shift left and right by a pixel. When I use tab completion in my shell I see an extra threes or four spaces being inserted. Or is this the literal tab being visible? Either way, that’s not cool.

The one thing that really works for me is the web browser that comes included. I often log into my servers to edit config files, CSS files, or install modules. And the first thing I want to do is reload my web pages to see whether it worked. Smart move!

Anyway, I sent a mail to the (moderated) pTerm discussion list. Let’s see if the moderator is still around. The latest message on that list appears to be nearly a year old!

Update: I guess the moderators are not active…

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2010-07-28 iPad requires Mac OS 10.5

As you probably know, our Mac Mini still runs Mac OS 10.4. Today I got my iPad. Plugged it in. Started iTunes.

warning The iPad “iPad” cannot be used because it requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

I think I’m going to be angry again.

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Comments on 2010-07-28 iPad requires Mac OS 10.5

Did you really expect anything different?

– Harald 2010-07-28 08:50 UTC


Yes I did. I thought that my iTunes has to be up to date. After all this stuff is supposed to work with iTunes installed on a PC, for crying out loud.

AlexSchroeder 2010-07-28 08:54 UTC


Anyway, bought the upgrade, did the backups, made lots of free space on the internal harddisk, and upgrading the system right now.

AlexSchroeder 2010-07-28 14:42 UTC


Well everything seems to be working fine right now. I think I need some iPad app suggestions. :)

AlexSchroeder 2010-07-29 16:06 UTC


I also find I’m replacing iPhone apps with their respective websites again – Facebook for example. The app is for the iPhone and when the iPad is online (no G3) downloading then user interface together with the data is no longer much of an issue.

AlexSchroeder 2010-07-29 19:54 UTC


Man, I am sorry you are having such a time with it. :( that sux.

For app suggestions, I find Good Reader excellent for gaming PDFs. Drop Box is very handy - I believe they have a Linux app for it ax well. I’ve used the Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps. Omni Gaffle is fun for flow charting, say, adventure ideas and such, but a tad expensive.

I used Toodledo for my gtd to do list (non gaming, but a handy to do manager).

I hope your iPad experience improves.

Brian Isikoff 2010-08-01 05:33 UTC


Thanks, Brian. I installed Dropbox and Good Reader, and I haven’t written more on the topic because I’ve spent hours with my wife playing Harbor Master HD. :)

AlexSchroeder 2010-08-01 07:31 UTC

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2010-05-12 iPad Alternative

I’ve enjoyed my iPhone as an always-on portable web browser. It hasn’t worked so well for reading books. Would the iPad work?

  • It looks nice. ok
  • I like my iPhone; the iPad is similar. ok
  • The iPhone I got was a present from my employer. I’ll have to buy the iPad myself. sucks
  • Wifi, 3G, 64GB – CHF 1,049.00!? That’s expensive for a locked-down device. sucks
  • I think using 3G with the iPad costs extra and isn’t included in my iPhone plan. sucks

I guess my problem is that the iPad is bigger and starts to look and cost like a general purpose computer. Suddenly I feel like I should be enjoying more rights.

What are my alternatives? What compromises do I need to make?

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Well, there is the ZenPad – it’s much cheaper and comes with open source operating system, but it’s also much smaller, so probably can’t be used for all the things the iPad would work.

Myself, I recently got me an ebook reader. It’s about the size of the iPad, has WiFi, stylus-based touchscreen, e-ink display. It’s also linux-based and the company even gives out a developer’s toolkit (C++ unfortunately). Again, it’s not an iPad. It’s better in some ways – the battery life is good because of e-ink, you can connect additional memory and even some USB devices (like 3G modem), I’m not afraid to use it in public places. It’s also worse in that there is no software for it except for the ebook/image viewer, simple graphical program, web browser and a calculator, plus the e-ink display is slow to refresh, so the interactions are far from fluent.

I guess it really boils down to what you really need from it.

RadomirDopieralski 2010-05-13 05:46 UTC


Well if you really just want to read books, get an e-ink device. There are quite a few available now and most of them are more open and less expensive than the iPad.

Andreas Gohr 2010-05-13 06:38 UTC


As you know, I own an iPad and use it in places where my phone is to small and my laptop is too big. I have no issues with it being the non-3G version as I can usually find WiFi, which is good enough. But I also got it from my employer and did not need to pay for it.

As previous posters said; if you only want to use it to read books, you might be better off with a Kindle or other e-ink based reader. Or you exercise some patience and wait for future contenders to the iPad.

Harald 2010-05-13 12:29 UTC


I’ve been reading a lot of blogs using Google Reader on my iPhone while on the train. That’s where I got the idea of 3G access. So it’s not just eBooks that I want to read on my machine. Today I got a call back from Orange regarding 3G access using an iPad. You need to get a micro-SIM, which costs about CHF 10 to buy, and CHF 5 per day you use it.

This will never do.

I think that for the moment I’ll stick to my phone.

AlexSchroeder 2010-05-14 10:22 UTC


Apparently Evil Steve also said No to tethering iPhone to iPad. Grrrr.

AlexSchroeder 2010-05-14 20:53 UTC


Maybe hope is in the air: http://twitter.com/hal1974/status/14163815367 (Telefonica so far, but who knows…). A friend of mine working at Sunrise told me that just using a second SIM should work (sharing the same subscription). It’s the speak channel which causes problems only. Will know soon more…

2ni 2010-05-19 21:24 UTC

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