I think they are doing exactly that by maintaining an Electron App monster for the nice GUI which doesn’t get the basic functionality right reliably on a “promoted” device … while not giving experienced users the manual install steps or providing a shell/ batch script which simply does the job and would be easy to troubleshoot.
Ubuntu Touch is an community project. If anyone is to blame, than it is you for not providing an fix to the installer for months now, when a probable fix is known. The time you invest on automated bug reports and forum posts could be better invested to build and debug the installer, if it bugs you. Anyway, have a nice day.
In essence you’re totally right, of course, but I’m pretty content with how I choose to spend my time.
To clarify, I didn’t create multiple bug reports, I just added one to the collection there with the same error. (I edited the wording in the post.)
I wouldn’t say much if the Fairphone 2 would not be called a “promoted device”. Either they can live up to their own promotion, or they could be more humble.
If you read a bit around here, you will find I can be very lenient and understanding when it comes to software shortcomings.
This “promoted device” thing just rubs me the wrong way when I look at the state of the installer.
Have a nice day, too .
I hope you don’t mind that I made a separate topic out of your posts.
IIRC there was (or is) some command line tool, but that’s just available on ubuntu and maybe also just for rather old versions, so that doesn’t help much.
So yeah, having some definitive steps how to do it manually would be very nice. And save lots of time for those who struggle with the installer.
But having some nice graphical user interface to install is not the worst idea, given that Ubuntu - at least in my recollection - started out to make linux easy (to install) for the average, not-so-tech-savvy user. So I can understand where the idea comes from to provide such an installer. But of course I agree that at the moment it’s by far not as helpful as intended.
Good idea, I brought some more posts along .
Hmmm … I tried it, and it looked more promising than the installer did … and seeing this again now it failed with “Can’t boot recovery image” in the end … perhaps this time a signed image could help … but I didn’t find out where the tool put the images back then, I would have to look more into process monitoring (Process Monitor did the trick on Windows, afterall).
But I updated to Linux Mint 19.1 already, I would probably have to reinstall 18.1 for this.
Else … There’s a cli.js in the installer sources, but it is honest from the start …
“This tool is meant to be used for testing or for being wrapped by other scripts and programs. It is not meant to be a user-facing cli installation tool and does not try to be user-friendly.”
And … no kidding there .
I did today’s update not via updater app but with the installer.
Latest version 0.1.21-beta plus some additional log output (see my pull request at https://github.com/ubports/ubports-installer/pull/611).
Here are - most of - the steps I did:
- use the AppImage version and run it as normal user on opensuse Leap 15.0[*]
- the model of my phone wasn’t autodetected
- known issue see https://github.com/ubports/ubports-installer/issues/187
- –> manually select “Fairphone 2” (sometimes that’s needed twice…)
- selected the “16.04/devel” channel and kept everything else as default (I do QA on a test device, most regular users would want to go for “stable” when using as a daily driver)
- I got “Fastboot: Unknown error: downloading ‘boot.img’…FAILED (data transfer failure (Protocol error))” while in fastboot mode
- known issue: https://github.com/ubports/ubports-installer/issues/473
- –> I clicked the “Try again” button and simply started over; didn’t happen again
- (I think the error window also said I wasn’t using the latest version but that’s a message I ignore in general)
- when instructed to boot into bootloader mode I did so with the indicated
- don’t use
adb reboot bootloaderfrom a different terminal, the UT installer uses port
5038instead of the default
5037so that a) the command would not work and b) a second running adb server will cause the installer to not see the phone in recovery mode
- don’t use
- everything else went as expected
If someone wants to analyze what the installer does, here is the full log of the successful installation: https://paste.ubuntu.com/p/NvWw3Qf4Xs/
Executables for linux/windows/mac that include the additional (error) logging can be found at https://ci.ubports.com/blue/organizations/jenkins/ubports%2Fubports-installer/detail/PR-611/1/artifacts for now. I hope those changes will get merged to the official version soon.
[*]: opensuse doesn’t have
$PATH for commands run with sudo, so I created symlinks for adb/fastboot in
/usr/bin (suse has not packages for those tools); if you don’t do that, the installer will fail to detect that the phone is in fastboot mode
Looking at the log and what files are transferred with adb, these are the commands that should be possible to execute manually.
Boot to bootloader
fastboot flash recovery ~/.cache/ubports/images/FP2/recovery-FP2.img fastboot flash splash ~/.cache/ubports/images/FP2/splash-FP2.img
Boot to recovery
adb push ~/.cache/ubports/pool/ubports-b68401f63e2fac3c8c533a804183ee276ee834b0154ca3ec20c80504dd17415c.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/pool/ubports-b68401f63e2fac3c8c533a804183ee276ee834b0154ca3ec20c80504dd17415c.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/pool/device-10ac49deff49c650c78d8c8139c6099a7e1058649a318dfc6f668a08fba9382a.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/pool/device-10ac49deff49c650c78d8c8139c6099a7e1058649a318dfc6f668a08fba9382a.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/pool/keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/pool/keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/pool/version-697.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/pool/version-697.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/gpg/image-signing.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/gpg/image-signing.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/gpg/image-master.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/gpg/image-master.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ~/.cache/ubports/commandfile/ubuntu_commandFP29161 /cache/recovery/ubuntu_command
Got this by parsing the log I posted above via
grep "8 push" ~/.cache/ubports/ubports-installer.log | sed -e "s/.*exec cmd //; s/ -P 5038//; s/\\\\\"//g; s/\",\".*//"
But I’m not fully sure where to get these files from when not using the installer at all.
The fastboot images are specified at https://devices.ubports.com/api/installer/FP2.
Some of the actual install files come from http://system-image.ubports.com/ubports-touch/16.04/devel/FP2/index.json
Make sure to look at the entry with
type: "full", otherwise the files starting with “ubports” are missing.
The gpg files come from http://system-image.ubports.com/gpg/
And the commands file is generated by the installer. For my last run it looks like this
format system load_keyring image-master.tar.xz image-master.tar.xz.asc load_keyring image-signing.tar.xz image-signing.tar.xz.asc mount system update ubports-b68401f63e2fac3c8c533a804183ee276ee834b0154ca3ec20c80504dd17415c.tar.xz ubports-b68401f63e2fac3c8c533a804183ee276ee834b0154ca3ec20c80504dd17415c.tar.xz.asc update device-10ac49deff49c650c78d8c8139c6099a7e1058649a318dfc6f668a08fba9382a.tar.xz device-10ac49deff49c650c78d8c8139c6099a7e1058649a318dfc6f668a08fba9382a.tar.xz.asc update keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz.asc update version-697.tar.xz version-697.tar.xz.asc unmount system
If you want to wipe the user data as well, add the line
format data after
So basically it should be possible to do all this without the installer now
:pencil2: Installing Ubuntu Touch on the Fairphone 2
I bundled all the files with a README and a linux shell script at https://www.dropbox.com/s/o9nu7xpvytpkguz/flash_ubports_fp2.zip?dl=0
Unzip the files, have a look at the README and the script. Worked for me
Edit: here is the full script so anyone could as well just copy the individual commands
#!/bin/bash echo "Checking for connected Fairphone 2" if !(fastboot devices | grep fastboot 2>&1 >/dev/null); then echo "Phone needs to be in bootloader mode (fastboot)" if !(adb devices 2>&1 >/dev/null); then echo "Reboot to bootloader and start again" exit 1 else echo "Trying to reboot to bootloader (if that fails, reboot to bootloader manually)" echo "Start again when phone is in bootloader mode" adb reboot bootloader 2>&1 >/dev/null exit 1 fi fi fastboot flash recovery ./images/recovery-FP2.img fastboot flash splash ./images/splash-FP2.img #fastboot flash splash ./images/splash-FP2_black.img echo "Please reboot to recovery now" adb wait-for-recovery echo "Pushing 13 files to the phone to prepare installation" adb push ./images/ubports-b68401f63e2fac3c8c533a804183ee276ee834b0154ca3ec20c80504dd17415c.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/ubports-b68401f63e2fac3c8c533a804183ee276ee834b0154ca3ec20c80504dd17415c.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/device-10ac49deff49c650c78d8c8139c6099a7e1058649a318dfc6f668a08fba9382a.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/device-10ac49deff49c650c78d8c8139c6099a7e1058649a318dfc6f668a08fba9382a.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/version-697.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/version-697.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/image-signing.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/image-signing.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/image-master.tar.xz /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/image-master.tar.xz.asc /cache/recovery/ adb push ./images/ubuntu_command /cache/recovery/ #adb push ./images/ubuntu_command_wipe /cache/recovery/ubuntu_command echo "Rebooting to recovery now to start the actual installation" adb reboot recovery
:pencil2: Installing Ubuntu Touch on the Fairphone 2
Nice job @Ingo !
I’ll try to do the same exercise for stable release OT7 tomorrow
Why do you wait for a manual reboot to recovery?
Is it possible to replace by
fastboot reboot recovery or by
fastboot reboot && adb reboot-recovery if the first doesn’t work?
“fastboot reboot recovery” doesn’t exist. fastboot can just reboot to fastboot again or to the full system. Or it can boot a recovery image, but this then would need to be signed (instructions how to do it float around the forum somewhere).
What could work is maybe
fastboot reboot adb wait-for-device adb reboot recovery adb wait-for-recovery
But then, rebooting to the full system just to be able to reboot to recovery will likely restore the standard recovery.
P.S.: having this for OTA7 would be a nice idea. Then people could first install this and then use the updater to get the latest version. It would at least spare all the installer hassle
I’m probably too lazy to do it again/keep the file updated
With a OTA version each month at the quickest, it could be doable
EDIT: and it can be used as a workaround-solution only if installer fails!
EDIT 2: perhaps we can replace the (big) file folder by wget commands? So only the script has to be shared to people on this forum having trouble with the installer…
Sounds like we should set up a github project for that
Good idea, can you set-up that?
IMO the aim should not be to replace the installer, but give a backup solution.
I guess my time for such projects in January has run out
But if someone else wants to start, https://github.com/WeAreFairphone would be a good place to start.
I’m starting the installer-beta to get the log.
However I’m stuck at the “bootimage incomplete or not signed”. (bug https://github.com/ubports/ubports-installer/issues/184 )
I already clicked 2 times on “try again”…
How do you get trough that?
Pull Request 611 only contains the additional logging.
Pull Request 517 contains the attempt to fix the “bootimage incomplete or not signed” error plus most of the logging extensions. But other people’s test showed that it’s not fully working and introduced other errors.
What I don’t understand: I usually don’t have that many problems as are reported at github. The “bootimage incomplete or not signed” I only had once. And I think over time I used the installer successfully two dozen times or so.
at least with PR517 it start the download of the big image
Here is the terminal output (process still ongoing, but we can already identify the files that change compared to devel)
debug: url=https://system-image.ubports.com//pool/ubports-c34db5ecd943e8c6d003bb96d8825dfb06ebabe510f9d55b4467c944019afdd6.tar.xz, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool, checksum=40d70ab2cdf28af24d738d0d7e53dceab4aa29aaa23460f1224c886c6a133d86, url=https://system-image.ubports.com//pool/ubports-c34db5ecd943e8c6d003bb96d8825dfb06ebabe510f9d55b4467c944019afdd6.tar.xz.asc, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool, url=https://system-image.ubports.com//pool/device-9bd5166032690abaefde7030ec186b79a1ad9a677d38382c6346422bd8875dc7.tar.xz, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool, checksum=6e1fb613e4e152e9afbf0ceb76a1e764a53bfb1ea4a14ad7a2c5d92f3541be34, url=https://system-image.ubports.com//pool/device-9bd5166032690abaefde7030ec186b79a1ad9a677d38382c6346422bd8875dc7.tar.xz.asc, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool, url=https://system-image.ubports.com//pool/keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool, checksum=5b6e870acf8944330acb2a9dad6f5270bd06c377603a3115f805290e989ab421, url=https://system-image.ubports.com//pool/keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz.asc, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool, url=https://system-image.ubports.com//ubports-touch/16.04/stable/FP2/version-5.tar.xz, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool, checksum=dc69d850252c8f6dd0d396260a3dca482442e9fbd47001e9d14a02c1509210fe, url=https://system-image.ubports.com//ubports-touch/16.04/stable/FP2/version-5.tar.xz.asc, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool, url=https://system-image.ubports.com/gpg/image-signing.tar.xz, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/gpg, url=https://system-image.ubports.com/gpg/image-signing.tar.xz.asc, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/gpg, url=https://system-image.ubports.com/gpg/image-master.tar.xz, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/gpg, url=https://system-image.ubports.com/gpg/image-master.tar.xz.asc, path=/home/olivier/.cache/ubports/gpg error: Not existing /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool/ubports-c34db5ecd943e8c6d003bb96d8825dfb06ebabe510f9d55b4467c944019afdd6.tar.xz error: Not existing /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool/ubports-c34db5ecd943e8c6d003bb96d8825dfb06ebabe510f9d55b4467c944019afdd6.tar.xz.asc error: Not existing /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool/device-9bd5166032690abaefde7030ec186b79a1ad9a677d38382c6346422bd8875dc7.tar.xz error: Not existing /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool/device-9bd5166032690abaefde7030ec186b79a1ad9a677d38382c6346422bd8875dc7.tar.xz.asc info: /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool/keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz already exists with the expected checksum, so download will be skipped info: /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool/keyring-4c4e7ef380ebcfa2c31084efa199138e93bfed8fc58aa3eb06bdf75a78af9b57.tar.xz.asc already exists with the expected checksum, so download will be skipped error: Not existing /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool/version-5.tar.xz error: Not existing /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/pool/version-5.tar.xz.asc info: /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/gpg/image-signing.tar.xz already exists with the expected checksum, so download will be skipped info: /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/gpg/image-signing.tar.xz.asc already exists with the expected checksum, so download will be skipped info: /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/gpg/image-master.tar.xz already exists with the expected checksum, so download will be skipped info: /home/olivier/.cache/ubports/gpg/image-master.tar.xz.asc already exists with the expected checksum, so download will be skipped info: Starting download of 6 files info: Downloading file, 1% complete
To summarise, only 6 lines have to be changed in @Ingo script, to go from devel to OTA-7
- ubports-b684xxx to ubports-c34dbxxx ; .tar.xz and .tar.xz.asc
- device-10acxxx to device-9db5xxx ; .tar.xz and .tar.xz.asc
- version-697 to version-5 ; .tar.xz and .tar.xz.asc
Quick and dirty … I did the fastboot and adb stuff from the script on Windows with manually rebooting the phone between steps … and it worked.
Now how easy was that?
(Now I only need time to play around with UBports.)
Thank you so much for taking the time to figure this out.
KISS principle at its best .