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What features would you like to see in the future for Recovery Menu?

asked 2013-12-28 17:44:55 +0300

We have a handy new feature called the Recovery Menu in that can be activated on start-up with a certain key combination. What features would you like to see in it in upcoming updates for it?

Right now the only real feature is a total factory reset. We can do better. What do you wish for?

Consider that some features can only be enabled if developer mode is enabled too.

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a total factory reset and one partially without recovery /home/nemo/ directory like in N9

michdeskunk ( 2014-01-18 16:39:23 +0300 )edit

i want to have OS firmware to last version after a recovery without have to updates again later

michdeskunk ( 2014-01-22 22:40:18 +0300 )edit

Very important: - possibility to save (and restore) back-ups on microSD, PC and online/Jolla account!

torcida ( 2014-02-14 22:43:32 +0300 )edit

@torcida totally agree, except the online part, for lack of privacy issues that would entail

dsilveira ( 2014-05-16 16:21:05 +0300 )edit

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answered 2013-12-28 17:55:48 +0300

Venemo gravatar image

updated 2013-12-28 17:57:23 +0300

I'd welcome some clonezilla-like backup functionality - this'd be the ultimate way of keeping a backup of everything on the device.

  1. Create an image of the entire system and save it to the SD card
  2. Read such an image from the SD card and flash it to the device

And of course, you could use this tool to statisfy those who want to mess with their boot loaders:

  1. Option to unlock the bootloader (by entering the device lock code if any)
  2. Option to re-lock the bootloader
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answered 2013-12-28 17:49:50 +0300

pnuu gravatar image

"Backup to memory card, reset and (try to) recover settings".

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answered 2013-12-28 17:54:54 +0300

bilog gravatar image

Target mode: expose the device internal storage and the SD card as standard USB disks: this might be very useful for some recovery attempts or other system backups (even though it will probably only make sense for users that have a Linux machine, given the filesystem used in the internal storage).

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My Android has this feature (huawei u8800 - pink screen). And it's wonderfull, the best hacker tool

dsilveira ( 2014-05-16 16:22:53 +0300 )edit

answered 2013-12-28 17:51:47 +0300

hzb gravatar image

Like Boot to bare CLI w/ vkb enabled? Or rescue mode sshd (that allows one to reach the device via WLAN if GUI doesn't boot anymore)?

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answered 2014-01-14 23:54:48 +0300

javispedro gravatar image

Internet Recovery. List available Wi-Fi access points, allow the user to select one & enter the password. The device then proceeds to download a firmware image, flash it, and reboot.

Cons: requires a soft keyboard to enter Wi-Fi password. However, such a keyboard will be required anyway to enter e.g. lock code.

Pros: since the device itself is the one requesting the firmware image, it can automatically select the right image for the device model. Additionally, images might be keyed to a specific device's IMEI/SN, preventing 'unathorized' sharing of the image files.

Optional features:

  • Ability to recover more partitions than just '/'. Device may create checksums of partitions and redownload those that are damaged.
  • Download latest stable version of the operating system instead of always reverting to stock software.
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Wow, nice idea! :)

Venemo ( 2014-01-15 10:22:43 +0300 )edit

answered 2013-12-28 19:06:37 +0300

updated 2013-12-28 19:08:22 +0300

One-Time Backup to SD Card

One-Time Backup to Online Service(s)

Create Regular/Timed Backup to SD Card or Online Service

Remote Administration Options

  1. set remote wipe passphrase
  2. retrieve physical location
  3. set emergency message options (send message to ICE contacts, send message to 911/emergency service personnel)
  4. take snapshots (enables GPS and takes photos automatically every 30/60sec)
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answered 2014-01-01 19:50:38 +0300

Sverrir Konungr gravatar image

Operation «Longitude». Make a multi boot GNU option harbouring OS by choice. Invite all Linux platforms to a great party. Make "other half" a joint venture. Do what Symbian was supposed to be, connecting people, as well as platforms. Unity is community. http://youtu.be/T9dso7ATlSk

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answered 2014-01-31 17:02:44 +0300

rainisto gravatar image

updated 2014-01-31 17:03:56 +0300

New Recovery Menu in, Naamankajärvi, now includes bootloader unlocker, shell access and btrfs recovery options.

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answered 2013-12-28 19:39:23 +0300

Makarand gravatar image

My Preference -

  1. Periodic Snapshot driven restore including identified data locations
  2. Option to do recovery from cloud or microUSB (OTG) connected mass storage
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answered 2014-01-15 23:27:07 +0300

ossi1967 gravatar image
  1. In a situation when the recovery failed, offer an option to boot into a tiny rescue system that's basically a command shell with some file system tools. Whatever options the user might have from there... it's more flexibility than pre-defined functions from a menu.
  2. If this fails, offer a flash mode that resets the device to the current OS image downloadable from jolla.com. (Flashing to be initiated and performed from pC, of course.) Whatever it is you build into a recovery menu, theres no guarantee it'll work on a massively broken device. A complete reflash can be something very comforting.
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