Cydia Crashes When Loading

12 Apr

If Cydia was working fine, but is now crashing in the first few seconds of loading do this:

Delete the contents of the /var/lib/apt/lists folder (except for the folder called “partial”) through SSH.

How to do that:

If you’re comfortable using a command line terminal you can do that.. But most people aren’t, so you can do it this way too:

  1. Turn SSH and Wi-Fi on in your iphone (can do this through toggles in Bossprefs, SBSettings etc;) If you don’t see the option for SSH in these or your similar toggling program, then you need to install SSH on your phone. OpenSSH is a good one that you can find in Installer. If it still isn’t showing up or working then you need to also install BSD Subsystem via Installer.
  2. Open the SSH program of your choice on your computer (for mac I like Cyberduck – Fugu is another but it’s a little sketchy sometimes. For PC, try WinSCP or try searching the google)
  3. Get the Wi-Fi IP address of your phone. You can find this through SBSettings, or other IP displaying app.. Should be something like: (your numbers will be slightly different) and not: You can also find the IP address of your phone the way Apple intended by opening the Settings app on your phone, selecting Wi-Fi, and pressing the little blue arrow at the right of your current network’s name – the first one listed is IP Address, that’s what you want. Or you can log in to your router through a browser and find it through the DHCP network list. Not going to go into how to do that now – search for how to do that for your specific router on the internet if you’re curious.
  4. Enter the Wi-Fi IP address of your phone in the SSH program and use the username: root and the password: alpine to connect to it (if you changed the username and password.. you would know, but those are the defaults.)
  5. Find the folder /var/lib/apt/lists (may have to backtrack to the var folder – default log-in isn’t always the root folder where var is)
  6. I opted to back up all of the files I was deleting simply by dragging them to a folder on the desktop – you don’t have to, but having a way to undo stuff is usually a good option to have.
  7. Delete all of the files except for the partial folder
  8. Disconnect the SSH connection in your program
  9. Open Cydia and download horrible all-pink themes for Winterboard

Why did that happen:

Some repositories were corrupted or broken – it’s not your fault. Personally, this happened immedietely after I locked the program with the app “lockdown” which adds a file to this exact folder. So, after confirming that Cydia worked again, I tried locking it again, restarting, turning on and off different lock types – and cydia worked fine. I also hid the icon with bossprefs – Checked to see if this was the culprit and it was not.Β  So far I haven’t had any trouble using lockdown or hiding icons through bossprefs or SBSettings. Seems this happened just because of a few bad repositories.

/* EDIT July 9th 09: You can also try iPhoneBrowser, a windows application. Here is a nice article about the features, looks pretty cool, eh? Thanks to theaizunsnapbox and hopeless (in the comments section) for suggesting and trying out this method. */

/*EDIT July 20th 09: If deleting the contents of the lists folder does not fix the problem you can also try deleting the contents of the /var/lib/dpkg/updates/ Β  folder. Thanks to shinigamiboi and others for testing this out. */

/*EDIT April 8th 10: A question has been asked several times; How do you get installer on your phone without re-breaking? – I’m currently without iPhone atm (life is tough πŸ˜› ) – so if anyone has an answer to this please comment below*/
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127 responses to “Cydia Crashes When Loading

    • a

      August 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      i had this problem when my phone crashed while installing an app. i fixed it by deleting the temp.i file in /var/lib/dpkg/updates/. i opened it in notepad, and all it had in it was stuff about the installation of the app that i tried installing while it crashed. i don’t know what the file labeled “0” is (located in the same folder), but it has nothing to do with the problem.

  1. eriteric

    April 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Glad I could help.

  2. sid

    May 13, 2009 at 6:18 am

    thanks i was going to restore coz even jailbreaking again didnt help… πŸ˜€
    works perfectly… πŸ˜€

  3. eriteric

    May 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Awesome sid : )

  4. lanmish

    May 18, 2009 at 2:33 am

    how the hell do you install SHH from cydia and all other needed stuff when the stupid thing crashes you out!!!!!!!!

    • Elliot

      August 13, 2010 at 7:34 am

      shh is unnecessary for solving this problem, simply use mobile terminal to delete the files you are wanting to delete πŸ˜›

      rm -r files you want to delete

      • Rachel

        October 17, 2011 at 3:38 am

        Please explain this furthur I am really lost on how to do that, I just got the Ipod and it has a terminal app on it.

  5. andrew

    May 18, 2009 at 3:04 am

    thanks mate it just fucked things up even worse.

  6. eriteric

    May 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Lanmish, I said Installer, not Cydia. Obviously you can’t install SSH from Cydia if it’s crashing..

  7. eriteric

    May 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Andrew: Either you didn’t follow the steps correctly, or you have a completely different problem. I’ve used this method, and have told countless others how to do it with 100% success. What symptoms are you having on your phone?

  8. promyk

    May 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    didn’t help 😦 any other ideas?

  9. eriteric

    May 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    @promyk – What is happening on your phone? Anything else out of the ordinary?

  10. Imran

    June 1, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Thanks man…It is working… πŸ™‚

    • eriteric

      June 1, 2009 at 4:47 am

      Glad to help Imran

  11. simon

    June 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    no joy on mine 😦 i even tryed removing all cydia setting i could find but once the app starts to “Loading Data” it just crashes

  12. eriteric

    June 11, 2009 at 7:24 am

    might be time to re-break, simon.

  13. iferlive

    June 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Tnks man it is a real solution for this problem, it worked fine on my ipod (I use 3.0 firmware) thanks again πŸ™‚

  14. iNour

    June 24, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I have cydia but I don’t have installer, how can I install installer on my iphone.

  15. RSprid

    June 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I am having the same issue, I was downloading and installing a Theme when I received a text message. The iPhone then crashed and when it rebooted I can no longer get into Cydia…. I have tried to jailbreak several times, I have tried the above, but I have used the DiskAid app to remove the files. Cydia just opens to the loading screen and the back to Spring board…

    I dont know how to remove the Cydia application to try and reinstall.

    Please help…

    • eriteric

      June 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm

      Hmm, if you’ve re-jailbreaked several times – then I have no idea. Hopefully someone will post that has had your problem. It sounds to me like something else is going wrong with your setup.

      • RSprid

        June 29, 2009 at 3:46 am

        I have restore my phone and re-jailbroken it and Cydia now works again :o)

        Was a pain in the bum but I can’t live without my Cydia :o)

  16. theaizunsnapbox

    June 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    hey thanks it worked perfectly
    also, an easier way for ppl who dont know SSH,
    they can use iphonebrowser and connect directly to their computer

    • eriteric

      June 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks for the added info, I know it will come in handy to some people.

  17. Ari

    July 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

    i dont have installer, how can i get SSH on my phone??

  18. hopeless

    July 8, 2009 at 1:00 am

    it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used iphonebrowser, I am on a 3gs. Do we need the files we deleted? I mean, what are those for anyways? Thank you!!!!!

    • hopeless

      July 8, 2009 at 1:10 am

      nevermind, the files are there back again (I did not put them back myself) but this time they are not corrupted !!!

      What are those files for anyways?? Thanks again!!

      • eriteric

        July 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

        They are repositories – basically links to places, that host the files. They get updated every time you open cydia, and sometimes one of them can download incorrectly. So when you delete them and open cydia again, cydia has a chance to download the file correctly. Glad it worked out for you.

  19. saj

    July 8, 2009 at 9:04 am

    hey i tried deleting the files specified in this guide but it didnt work i think is because it wasnt a source problem but a cydia update problem so i also deleted the update data and restarted and it seems to work

  20. Dimitris

    July 11, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Dude, you saved me! Thanks!!!!!

  21. Adrian

    July 12, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Thanks IT WORKED!
    My Cydia would close after I opened and I followed the guide and it fixed it!
    Now I have to install the default sources again but thats OK!



  22. Dietrich

    July 12, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    worked for the first try, but reinstalled a bad package and its not working anymore…..btw thx mate!

  23. Harit

    July 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

    What if I do not have a partial folder?

  24. Harit

    July 14, 2009 at 11:51 am

    nvm found it sorry

  25. Messy Nessy

    July 16, 2009 at 3:27 am

    worked like a charm. I have to admit. I was being a scaredy-cat about using cyberduck for this operation, but the instructions were so straightforward, I felt completely at ease. Mission accomplished!

  26. Martd27

    July 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I deleted the files and it still didn’t work, but I read that someone else deleted the update date and it worked for them,so i tried that and now cydia works! all my files came back to. I don’t know what deleting the update data will do in the future though

  27. shinigamiboi

    July 18, 2009 at 8:20 am

    if this does not work for you guys delete all the files in this folder because this method did not work for me.

    “/var/lib/dpkg/updates/*” (without quotes) and delete the contents in the update folder .. dont delete the UPDATE folder but its contents.


    • Dandelion

      June 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks, this works for me, but when I open Cydia it appears the message “Unable to Load”, now what I need to do?, thanks in advance

    • peddlerp

      March 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      I used iPhoneBrowser (waht a great app, every iphone user should have this) and deleted everythin in the /var/lib/dpkg/updates folder and Cydia started to work… hooray!

      Does anyone know how to delete Cydia? Or to reload it?

  28. Sean Zhou

    July 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I cant log into WinSCP…i am new to this and do not know what to do . Running Windows XP with an Ipod Touch 2g on os 3.0

    • eriteric

      July 20, 2009 at 1:22 am

      Try iPhoneBrowser if SSH is giving you that much trouble. I hear it works pretty well. A few had issues with using it to access a 3.0 phone, but it’s pretty well documented.

  29. ibi

    July 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    this worked 100 percent,
    thank you.

  30. Jerome

    July 25, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Thanks. Clearing the ‘/var/lib/dpkg/updates/’ folder worked for me.

    • ansel

      March 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      works fine

  31. Patrickg

    July 29, 2009 at 10:31 am

    It didn’t work for me straight after I deleted it but I left it for a while and now it’s working fine!happy days!!:)

  32. Chris

    August 2, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I don’t have installer, i only have cydia. How can i get installer on my iphone?

  33. McCa

    August 2, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I have emptied var/lib/apt/lists & /var/lib/dpkg/updates/ and still crashing on start up. Some help.?

  34. Dimitris

    August 10, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Same here. 3GS with OS3.0
    Deleted /var/lib/apt/lists
    nothing in /var/lib/dpkg/updates/
    And it still does not run. Not even in ‘Safe Mode’, or after a reboot.

    Any ideas?

  35. Dimitris

    August 10, 2009 at 9:17 am

    It sounds illogical, but I was able to fix it with a weird way:

    1) ssh to the iPhone, and do a “cd /Applications/”
    2) I did a “./Cydia” but nothing happened
    3) but then I did a “./Cydia_” and I tapped the Cydia icon, and …!!!… IT LAUNCHED!!!

    It rebuilded the /var/lib/apt/lists that I have deleted and it was A-OK

    I did (to be on the safe side) a re-installation of Cydia, and now it looks ok…
    (I have not rebooted yet… but I am an optimist…)

    If anyone can explain this … I will be very happy!

  36. popeboy

    August 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Your July 20th edit solution worked for me! Thanks so much.

  37. elie

    August 16, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    will this delete my my jailbroken apps?

    • eriteric

      August 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm

      No, Ur Apps R safe.

  38. seth

    August 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm


  39. peedee

    August 26, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Thanks to this post, my cydia works now. It didn’t work at first by deleting the files in ..list but it did work after deleting the files in the ..update folder.

  40. CrackCorn

    August 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Here’s a funky twist, when I run “rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/*.i” I get a “Permissions denied” error. Odd, so I tried granting permission by running “chmod 7777 /var/lib/dpkg/updates/*.i” which itself generated a “Operation not permitted” error. Any further advice?

    Nothing is more dangerous than a little knowledge.

    • CrackCorn

      August 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm

      With a little help from google, I found the answer to the chmod problem. You need su privileges, duh! After su-ing, I a was able to rm to my hearts content. Though Cidya still didn’t work. But with the permissions fix, a reinstall of Cidya fixed the problem. I’m back to downloading pink themes for my iphone. πŸ˜‰

  41. stonebug

    September 4, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Dude you saved me. The added info (july 20th) was the thing that solved everything…. Thanks!!

  42. Lester

    September 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Messed up. Used disk aid and deleted partial folder. Then deleted some other stuff and cydia worked but I lost my list of stuff except what I already installed. Can I just add a partial folder on disk aid and then add sources in cydia to get it all back again? Thanks if you can help.

  43. Jake

    September 8, 2009 at 9:42 am

    A better ssh program for windows and mac is called diskaid
    all you do is plug in your phone/iPod touch and your set, no wifi needed

  44. pdna

    September 9, 2009 at 7:43 am

    i tried nearly hundreds of cydia solutions to no avail. you can see all the things i tried on here:

    i just restored, re-jailbroke. cydia opened at first , but after i ran apt-backup and restore from backup.. cydia died it opens and closes.
    I will try that solution to remove

  45. Dimitris

    September 9, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    @ CrackCorn
    there is no chmod 7777 that’s why you got a β€œOperation not permitted” error
    its chmod 777 (3 not 7) but more proper is chmod 644
    (chmod usualy wants 3 numbers.
    [The 4rth is for the suid bit etc. if you don’t know what it is don’t mess with it])

    Of course a
    sudo rm fileName
    is always the best solution.

  46. Romaric

    September 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I love the Intranet, this worked perfect.

  47. bob dole

    October 1, 2009 at 2:50 am

    the 2nd folder fixed it for me!

  48. TheDoctor

    October 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for everything! I was having problems with Cydia which decided to restart during an update. I proceeded to clear out the /lists/ folder but had no affect on the crash. Thankfully I found your second update to be much more effective.

  49. Banksy @

    October 16, 2009 at 11:23 am

    this worked for me also if you’re having problems the password could also be dottie but in almost all cases its alpine πŸ˜›

  50. big lou

    October 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I did this and cydia works…but now i can’t delete cydia packages…anyone have a fix for that?

    • Konstantinos

      March 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Hey, I have 1 g Iphone 3.1.2 7D11 . So I have jailbreaked ,I installed cydia but after that , just when it started to download packages , it has been stucked ‘reloading data’. Every time I open cydia it just spinned and after 15” it is redirecting to iphone menu.I jaibreaked again and reboot but again the same issue.I appreciate help!!

  51. Leilitius

    October 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Hi, worked 100% perfect! Thanks. To delete the cydia pacakges just re install them again, and delete them. Worked for me. Good luck!

  52. Anusawn

    November 29, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Excellent. Doubtful at first, thanks. Back up the files first.


  53. Carpool

    December 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you Thank you. I had installed the repo from xsellize and that had lead to the problem. I wonder what starts the problem in the first place.

  54. Mike Oxbig

    December 30, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Worked pretty good, cydia is running faster than before now. note that if you used blackrain you can still install “rock” which is a cydia knock off to download ssh. That’s what i had to do.

  55. Cathy

    December 31, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Cheers m8 πŸ™‚ Your a star πŸ˜‰

  56. Tanya

    December 31, 2009 at 11:54 am

    worked perfectly thanks

  57. matt

    January 3, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I have a jailbroken 3GS and just recently it has fallen to cydia crashing upon loading. I have tried to follow the instructions and getting to the specified directory with cyberduck. I have gone ahead and toggled ssh in sbsettings but cannot connect through cyberduck using the instructions. I can go to terminal and verify the directory and its files are there but using correct ip and scfp protocol on port 21 or 22 won’t connect. How do I verify if ssh has been installed on my iPhone? And, if ssh is not there how one would go and install without cydia? thanks in advance!

  58. matt

    January 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

    sorry that was sftp not scfp in my previous post!

  59. Windsord

    January 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    This is a real solution not like many other solutions i have found on the net which are damn hard to understand

    • eriteric

      April 8, 2010 at 2:41 am

      I appreciate that, Windsord

  60. Carlos

    January 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Isnt there any simple solution for us, novice users??

    • eriteric

      April 8, 2010 at 2:43 am

      This is it – if you like things more novice i suggest the standard OS.

  61. abhinav

    February 3, 2010 at 11:46 am

    i used the iphone browser software and it was done within seconds
    i just followed the steps but in the iphone browser and it got repaired
    thanks a lot for the instructions ,really appreciate it
    i myself was not able to work with ssh so opted the iphone browser
    works fine ,,,try it…

  62. Danila

    February 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Hi, guys.
    It’s works. U shoul delete all problem sources and Cydia will load

  63. paras

    February 16, 2010 at 12:31 am

    hey please help me i bimistake deletd the partial folder n otr folders in the apt so nw wat shld i do to get dem back nw cydia is openin n workin bt the problem nw is dat dere are no apps or nythin its just blank…………???? please help me people

  64. DemoJunky

    February 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    IDK if this was listed or not but the 1st method listed didn’t quite work for me but it got me on the right track. Removing all files except “partial” folder didn’t resolve my problem but I knew it started after adding some new repo’s so I went into the ” partial” folder and deleted all repo’s except Cydia, HacknDev, and ModMyi, which I knew I had been using for awhile before the problem started. Anyway, I deleted these and Bob’s ur Uncle! Hope this helps.

  65. Nottinghammer

    February 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    had this problem, tried deleting the first recommended folder and it didn’t work, i followed through by deleting the other suggested folder and that did the trick, thanks so much for the help!

  66. SHANTELL242

    March 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm



  67. Tony

    March 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks alot your suggestions really helped.

  68. Zac

    April 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Hi, my cydia had crashed, i’m unable to download anything from cydia, from the info above i know that i need to download openssh from installer, but how do i get the installer?

    Thanks in advanced

  69. Gerguter

    April 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Worked like a charm. I had to delete the contest of my dpkg folder though. But hey, it worked! Thanks for the information. I really did not want to restore.

  70. Zac

    April 8, 2010 at 1:57 am

    someone ….pls help..i must have cydia…

    • eriteric

      April 8, 2010 at 2:12 am

      This looks like a pretty common question, and one that hasn’t been answered yet. I’m sure it’s possible (in fact, i’ve looked before, and i believe it was pretty complicated) to install without re-breaking, but you may just want to re-break and put installer on from the get-go.

  71. Juanski

    May 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

    You F’n Rock. I was going crazy trying to figure this out.
    In less than 5 minutes (the time it took me to download and read the instructions I was back in business.


  72. Alex

    May 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    /var/lib/dpkg/updates/ worked for me like a charm. Thanks for having my cydia back!

  73. Nova

    June 6, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I found that my problem was with the xsellize repo using trial and error. Just removing everything but the ‘partial’ folder in apt/lists didn’t solve it because the files were just downloaded again by cydia and it crashed at a later state.

    So what I did was go to:
    Edit the file ‘cydia.list’ and remove the xsellize row.
    And then go to:
    Remove the xsellize files and nothing else.

    Works now, though I will not be adding that source again.

  74. Nelly

    June 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I browsed several sites and ended up deleting “ZodTTD” in the “private/etc/apt/sources.list.d” folder.
    I then tried deleting all the files except the “partial” folder in “var/lib/apt/lists”. Still Cydia wasn’t working.
    Finally, I came across this site and after deleting the folder contents in “var/lib/dpkg/updates/”, my Cydia opened! Thanks a bunch!!!!

  75. MJ

    December 4, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I’m using iPhone Explorer & there’s no /var/lib/.

    My Cydia crashes everytime it loads right after jailbreak 😦

  76. Isaac

    December 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks! it worked!

  77. Isaac

    December 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I did this, it worked, but before it finished downloading the normal stuff, it did it again. Help?

  78. RomeSC

    December 31, 2010 at 1:50 am


    I have a problem though…

    I bought a used iphone off cragslist and wanted to start fresh with it…
    Restored to 3.1.2, and then blackra1n to JB. I have yet to be able to open cydia after that though. It just says “Loading Data” and then crashes after about 15 seconds.

    I have read that there may be some corrupted files on the iphone and that I need to “SSH” them off. But the phone doesnt have SSH. You say to get SSH on the phone to install it from “Installer”. But apparently you get “Installer” from cydia, which I cannot open.

    I feel that I am very stuck here.

    This phone was to a be a present for a family member on T-mobile, and now I can’t even get into cydia. to get it set up right. Please help, I am completely at a loss..

  79. maryam

    January 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I just tried to JB my iphone 3gs and cydia keeps crashing? what do i need to do?

  80. maryam

    January 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Now i tried to restore my iphone 3gs on itunes its not working and it keeps showing an error. My iphone is locked on the restore mode. Please help me

    • eriteric

      January 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      You might have to just keep trying – put it into DFU mode again and try to restore. Be sure you are using compatible firmware & JB softwares.

  81. LupeB

    January 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Eriteric, excuse my ignorance but I dont know what SSH is nor do I own a comp since it crashed. But last week Cydia was working a bit slow but it was working. Now it kicks me out. It just says Loading Data then kicks me out. My iPhone is jailbroken and use the program Blackrain. I was sold this phone already jailbroken so I dont know nothing about how to delete or undelete. its an iPhone 8gb Version 3.1.2 (7D11) if it can help me in any way. Please reply. thanks!

  82. Dimitar Chakarov

    January 26, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Thanks alot for this article! Cydia works fine now πŸ™‚

  83. dan

    January 27, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    When I do these things, Cydia opens correctly, but when the packages are re-loading, it says an error occurs, and then the same problem comes back… What do I do?

  84. JWT

    January 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you. It worked like a charm. I did need to delete the contents of the /var/lib/dpkg/updates/ folder as well.

  85. VeryGreatful

    January 29, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Thanks you very much!!! Just deleting /var/lib/apt/lists didn’t work for me.. but once I deleted /var/lib/dpkg/updates/ THEN my cydia started up like normal… So thank you much!!!

  86. Smiley

    January 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Have same problem as many else. My Cydia doesn’t work and I can’t download any SSH from Cydia. So how do I proceed from now? :S

  87. don

    February 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Smiley i have the same problem just restored the ipod to factory settings. jailbroke it and after installing cydia its stuck on loading data. what can i do if i dont have ifile or ssh installed because they get installed thrugh cydia?

  88. DrewR

    February 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    This worked wonders on my crashing cydia. If you can still open cydia and click on the “manage” tab, then an easier way to do this is by downloading “ifile”. You can then access /var/lib/apt/lists and delete the files that way without using a computer or for those who don’t have as many computer skills or technical knowledge. Thanks again for the wonderful information!

  89. Jeff Ally

    March 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Worked after i deleted the files in update folder. Thanks for the Info and helpful comments

  90. jann

    March 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    i already deleted the files in the /var/lib/apt/lists, still doesn’t work… no files in the /var/lib/dpkg/updates/.. what do i have to do now? need help, please… thanks

  91. gt

    April 2, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Thanks mate

  92. arizona

    April 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    okay so i recently jailbroke my ipphone 2g and cydia wont run same problem however i have yet to get it running so i dont have ssh installed on my phone or terminal all i have is cydia so what can i do?

  93. Sky iLLusion

    May 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Sky iLLusion
    From: Singapore

    All i did was just open Cydia n on e MAIN page of cydia just SCROLL down until u’ve found (more package sources), After that just click on BIGBOSS n INSTALL it.. That’s all i did for my Iphone 3Gs 4.1.. Try it Guy’Ss!! Update me if it work’s for ANYONE else thank’s..

  94. Yarin

    June 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    question…if my cydia get frozen on loading screen (not crashing) just won’t pass that loading screen…will it work for me?
    and i’m sorry for the newbie question but what the installer? I hope not the one you get from cydia, cause I couldn’t install anything since it’s like this when I JB my phone and I JBed it 3 times already, still happening

  95. Chris

    June 28, 2011 at 8:35 am

    after i delete everything on var/lib/apt/lists, cydia starts working again, but i get the same error again when the repo’s are trying to install themselves (this is opening cydia for the first time)…. so even though i get cydia to restart and work again, i keep going to the same error stage. What do i do to stop receiving the error on Cydia repo installation?

  96. ImprovDaddy

    August 24, 2011 at 2:43 am

    (iphone 2g – used redsn0w to upgrade/jailbreak/unlock to 3.0.1 from 2.0.2 – I’m sure this will work on 3.1.x as well)

    I figured I’d leave my successful process, seeing as no one else has done this exactly:

    *Cydia needed to update its essentials using just the Saurik source and the other repos were getting in the way*

    I did not have anything in my /var/lib/dpkg/updates/ folder and all my lists came back after deleting the files in var/lib/apt/lists, so I methodically tried deleting each set of repo/source files and restarting cydia after each try. Here’s what I found out:

    – Turn off Autolock. Cydia needs to update without interruption.

    1. Delete every file in var/lib/apt/lists EXCEPT the 3 files. (I used iPhoneBrowser since I couldn’t keep Cydia open long enough to install SSH. You can keep iPhoneBrowser connected and turned on throughout the whole process. You can delete files and immediately restart Cydia to check for changes.)

    2. Restart Cydia (no need to reboot your iphone). It should go to it’s Home page fairly quickly. That’s a good sign that you’ve broken the bad repo cycle. BUT…

    3. When Cydia starts downloading updates and packages, CANCEL that process. You have stop Cydia from redownloading those bad repos. You’ll know if things are working when you see the red badge over the “Changes” tab indicating there are updates waiting.

    4. A pop-up should appear telling you that Cydia needs to update some essentials. If not, tap the Changes tab. UPDATE ESSENTIALS. (I chose to only update essentials and not the full upgrade. Upgrade the rest after it’s working.)

    5. Sit back and cross your fingers!! Do not touch anything! Cydia went into a “Reloading Data” stage that was eerily similar to all my other crashes, BUT… it seemed longer and dropped out when finished.

    (I think I repeated step 1 as I didn’t think it had worked, but I’m not sure it’s needed. You can try it if this doesn’t work the first time through)

    6. Open Cydia and hold your breath: I knew something was different when the “loading” font had changed. This time let it do all its downloading and updating. Everything should be fine now.

    *I have not yet restored my previous files/settings with iTunes backup or Aptbackup, so we’ll see if Cydia will keep working after that. I know that restores can put back old files which could adversely affect Cydia, but I think this should still work after doing those. I will try to reply with an update!*

  97. Reign Fallen

    December 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Hey guys ive had the same problem all day myself and after all these instructions (which were helpful thanks to eriteric) all i had to do was delete a couple of dodgy themes by connecting my ipod to diskaid.

  98. vaz

    February 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    This worked for me – didn’t have to re-jailbreak! Thank you!

  99. Rosco

    March 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

    omg thanks man…………… had a iphone 2g for my son to play around with ??? instead of using my 4s…. jailbreak with redsnow 0.8 … all worked like a charm …. only issue i had was with cydia…. i did the jailbreak like 3 times…. no use….. till i read your solution…. fixed it with iphonebrowser though !
    thanks many times….. all working now πŸ™‚

  100. Rosco

    March 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    now it gets stuck on reloading data ?

  101. Mathew

    August 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

    You’re really welcome Gito. Thank you for leaving this kind of an insightful and supportive comment it truly is constantly wonderful to hear when one thing I’ve written has resonated with somebody,
    and maybe manufactured their day just a bit bit far

  102. Antony Terrebonne

    April 20, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I have a small background in magazine journalism but my new job requires no writing at all, except for emails. . . I would like to start doing some creative writing but I don’t know where to start, as in, what do I write about, and whether it’s actually worth bothering with or not. I’d probably be more inclined to do it if there was a competition or group I could join online or something like that. . . Does anyone do any writing or their own, if so, how did you get started? And what have you gotten out of it?.


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