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’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.
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).
- 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.
- it did not work – even though this is what other people suggest as well
- tried it with a symbolic link instead of the links Finder creates, but it didn’t work, either
- 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
~/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.
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”
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.
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!
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? :€
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…
As you probably know, our Mac Mini still runs Mac OS 10.4. Today I got my iPad. Plugged it in. Started iTunes.
- 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.
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.
- I like my iPhone; the iPad is similar.
- The iPhone I got was a present from my employer. I’ll have to buy the iPad myself.
- Wifi, 3G, 64GB – CHF 1,049.00!? That’s expensive for a locked-down device.
- I think using 3G with the iPad costs extra and isn’t included in my iPhone plan.
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?