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Subject: Corruption of Directories On iPod w/Rockbox

Corruption of Directories On iPod w/Rockbox

From: Kane Brolin <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2008 17:07:32 -0500

Most of the time I love what Rockbox has enabled me to do with my iPod
Video 30 GB unit. But a recurring problem causes me to have to
re-format this iPod and start from scratch every couple of months:
Suddenly and seemingly without warning, I notice each time that either
my iPod's root directory or its subdirectories contain phantom files
that sometimes are without a name, but that sometimes appear to have a
name that is meaningless, such as "-1" or "c.0." These phantom files,
containing no content that I'm aware of, may not be erased. At some
of these same times, I find that a file I have bookmarked with Rockbox
does not start playing from my bookmarked point; it always starts
playing from the beginning, even if I invoke the bookmark. Another
symptom that occurs during these moments is that Rockbox reports some
of my directories as being empty when I try to play files within them.
 Any or all of these three symptoms usually occasions a restore,
before which I have to back up the files I've saved and after which I
must take the time to restore them.

The point is, my Rockbox seems to be corrupting itself--or perhaps
iTunes on my computer is corrupting Rockbox. But it does not happen
instantaneously; it happens after a month or two of frequent
file-copying, file-deleting, and playing. I do use both the Apple
firmware and the Rockbox operating system at various times, for
different types of files.

I'm thinking that part of my problem might be that iTunes is set to
start on my PC whenever the iPod is plugged in, since sometimes I
automatically download podcasts or Audible book titles using the
iTunes version of the Audible Player. Is it a problem if the iPod is
set to boot directly into Rockbox, but iTunes is set to start and
synch automatically when the iPod is connected to the USB port of my
PC? I'm thinking my file corruption problem might not exist if I
always make sure to boot my iPod into the Apple firmware prior to
shutting it down for the night or plugging it into the pC the
following morning. Is there another possible reason why this
corruption is happening?

Received on 2008-02-09

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