# Journal

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. > }}

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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I love Apple - until it doesn’t work…

Jovial Priest 2011-11-06 20:33 UTC

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

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

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

# 2008-03-21 Send iTunes Tracks To SqueezeBox

Ok, I finally solved my problem! I mentioned it on 2007-12-02 iTunes vs. Squeezebox –– I like how iTunes lets me quickly collect the stuff I want. But then I can’t play it on my SqueezeBox. Suckage! I tried some suggestions from the Slim Devices forum [1] and I finally figured out what I wanted: I want to select some files and “send them to the Squeezebox” – I don’t want to play the same song in iTunes and on the Squeezebox, for example.

Brad Mohr’s script did exactly what I wanted it to do. Except that it assumed an old version of the server software, and it required me to change a little security setting, or it required me to figure out the “cauth” key. No good! Some looking at documentation that came with the new server, some looking at AppleScript examples elsewhere, some fiddling with netcat (nc), and soon I had something that seems to work.

Yes, netcat is the awesome!

Anyway, here it is. To use:

1. Open the AppleScript editor → Applications → AppleScript → Script Editor.
2. Paste the code below.
3. Hit ⌘R to run it. Good for testing.

To install it, you have two options. Here’s how to have a stand-alone program:

1. Save, pick “Program” as the format to use. I used “Send iTunes Tracks To Squeezebox” as the name.
2. Select some tracks in iTunes.
3. Run the program. It will ask you whether you want to “Play” or “Append”.

Or to have it available from the scripts menu in iTunes:

1. Create the directory ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts
2. Save, pick “Script” as the format to use. I used “Send To Squeezebox” as the name.
3. Select the tracks in iTunes.
4. From the iTunes Script menu, pick “Send To Squeezebox”. It will ask you whether you want to “Play” or “Append”.
5. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always seem to work, and I haven’t figured out why. If you uncomment the display dialog result buttons {"Ok"} at the very end, you’ll see that when run from the Script Editor, everything works as expected, and when run from within iTunes, the result is the empty string. Always.

## Source

-- SlimPlay
-- by Alex Schroeder, kensanata@gmail.com
-- March 2008
-- by Brad Mohr, bmohr (AT) seanet (DOT) com
-- 22 January 2003
-- This script is absolutely free and may be used by anyone for any purpose.

-- Known Limitations:
-- Currently only supports a single Squeezebox.
-- Very little error checking

-- edit these properties to match your setup.
property squeezecenter_host : "localhost" -- URL or IP address of the SlimServer
property squeezecenter_port : "9090" -- server port number for the command line interface, default is 9090

tell application "iTunes"
set these_tracks to the selection of browser window 1
if these_tracks is {} then error "No tracks are selected in the front window."

set should_play to false

display dialog "What would you like to do with these tracks?" buttons {"Play", "Append", "Cancel"} default button 2
if the button returned of the result is not "Cancel" then
if the button returned of the result is "Play" then set should_play to true

set is_first_file to true

repeat with a_track in these_tracks
set carbon_filepath to the location of a_track
set track_title to the name of a_track

tell application "Finder" to set filepath to URL of carbon_filepath
set escaped_path to escape_path(filepath) of me
if should_play then
if is_first_file then
playlist_play_track(escaped_path) of me
set is_first_file to false
else
playlist_append_track(escaped_path) of me
end if
else
playlist_append_track(escaped_path) of me
end if
end repeat

if should_play then
begin_playing() of me
end if
end if
end tell

-- apostrophe causes trouble when sent to the shell
on escape_path(this_text)
set the escaped_text to ""
repeat with this_char in this_text
if this_char as text is equal to "'" then
set the escaped_text to the escaped_text & "%27"
else
set the escaped_text to the escaped_text & this_char
end if
end repeat
return the escaped_text
end escape_path

-- append the new track to the playlist
on playlist_append_track(escapedTrackPath)
end playlist_append_track

-- replace the existing playlist with the new track
on playlist_play_track(escapedTrackPath)
send_command("playlist play " & escapedTrackPath)
end playlist_play_track

-- tell the default (or only) server to begin playing
on begin_playing()
send_command("play")
end begin_playing

on send_command(command)
tell application "Finder"
set shell_command to "echo -e '" & command & "\\nexit' | /usr/bin/nc " & squeezecenter_host & " " & squeezecenter_port & "; exit 0"
-- display dialog shell_command buttons {"Ok"}
set result to do shell script shell_command
-- display dialog result buttons {"Ok"}
end tell
end send_command


# 2007-12-21 Useless Checkbox

I use Mac OS 10.3.9 on my iBook; I have iTunes 7.5; I don’t have an iPhone and I don’t plan to get one. iTunes won’t let me uncheck the Ringtones folder. Grrrr! [1]

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