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

asked 2013-12-28 17:44:55 +0200

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 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

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

torcida ( 2014-02-14 22:43:32 +0200 )edit

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

dsilveira ( 2014-05-16 16:21:05 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-05-16 16:35:39 +0200

dsilveira gravatar image

updated 2014-05-16 16:37:17 +0200

  • Option to expose the internal memory, and the SD, as bare USB disks, to the computer, allowing you full control over the partitions, and what's inside it.
  • Option to start the ssh server, allowing the manual recovery from a computer with an ssh+chroot
  • Option to backup the system, or the home to SD, or to owncloud
  • Option to selectively restore settings or parts of the system from a backup
  • Option to synchronize important settings with owncloud
  • Option to present a multi-boot screen on bootup
  • Option to install another OS (either through fastboot or scp) in an own btrfs subvolume, to be able to multi-boot
  • Option to perform a full hardware status check, to make sure that, if there are problems, they're in software
  • Option to customize the bootup screen splash from selecting a .tgz from SD or SSH in a standard format
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answered 2014-04-10 22:45:44 +0200

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updated 2014-04-10 22:49:38 +0200

Remote recovery!

SSH and SCP over WLAN. This will enable to use a hardware keyboard on PC and download packages, fixes from Internet or even copy data from and to PC. Also backups can be restored from remote terminal.

Therefore only a configuration page with 3 settings is necsarry (SSID, Wifi-Passwort and login password).

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recovery menu already has netcat installed, so you can copy files over usbnet.

rainisto ( 2014-04-11 11:01:46 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-01-31 17:02:44 +0200

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updated 2014-01-31 17:03:56 +0200

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

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answered 2014-01-15 23:27:07 +0200

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  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 (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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answered 2014-01-14 23:54:48 +0200

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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 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-01-09 14:44:53 +0200

michdeskunk gravatar image

backups stored on a specific folder on /home/nemo/backup to make a copy on a SD card or HDD of my pc

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answered 2014-01-01 19:50:38 +0200

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.

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answered 2013-12-28 19:39:23 +0200

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 2013-12-28 19:06:37 +0200

updated 2013-12-28 19:08:22 +0200

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 2013-12-28 17:55:48 +0200

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updated 2013-12-28 17:57:23 +0200

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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