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Deleted /opt/alien/system/ - now my screen went dark [answered]

asked 2014-05-07 05:25:54 +0300

MoritzJT gravatar image

The system still boots after deleting /opt/alien/system/ in an attempt to copy over a non broken backup.

However I deleted said directory on device with filetug in root mode. Halfway through, my screen went blank and won't turn back on other than during booting. No indicator LED on.

I can SSH into my device and even fully deleted /opt/alien/system/ via WinSCP and put in my non-broken copy back in place.

Still stays dark after a reboot.

I also use patchmanager and made sure it's not related to that by deleting the QML directory with the patched files.

How can I recover from this or even find out what process isn't starting or being forced to shutdown?


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Thanks for the heads up. Since my Jolla isn't yet my daily driver, I'd rather find out what is causing this behaviour than doing a tabula rasa stunt erasing the possibility to debug.

MoritzJT ( 2014-05-07 11:01:57 +0300 )edit

pkcon install lipstick-qt5 and your display should be back. Just deleting the qml directory isn't enough.

J4ZZ ( 2014-05-07 21:05:05 +0300 )edit

Thanks, could've tried that but did a reset already.

What puzzles me is still how this could happen

I used FileTug started as root to delete said directory and in the middle of the process it went dark. How is that related?


MoritzJT ( 2014-05-07 21:07:59 +0300 )edit

I had this issue two times already out of the middle of nowhere after a normal reboot. This seems to be some kind of bug with pandora/lipstick and patchmanager... And like you said, I still could ssh in even without the UI working. So by reinstalling the original lipstick-qt5 the interface came back. After that I could install pandora's lipstick again and after another reboot all my patches were back to normal. Btw. did you uninstalled android support (and all android apps) properly beforehand or did you just delete the android folder?

J4ZZ ( 2014-05-08 00:01:31 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-05-08 15:04:03 +0300

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So as @J4ZZ had suggested I think it's possible to track the screenblanking down to patchmanager and lipstick.

Since I could still SSH into my device it would have been fixable easily. For those who don't have developer mode enabled all the time - you can also open a shell in Recovery Mode.

Deleting /opt/alien/system/ without shutting down the android runtime in advance might also not be a good idea but probably did not cause the described behaviour.

I'll thereby close this question.

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