[BULK] Re: [plt-scheme] reading the docs on an iphone

From: Stephen Bloch (sbloch at adelphi.edu)
Date: Sun Sep 13 07:32:05 EDT 2009

On Sep 11, 2009, at 9:36 PM, Robby Findler wrote:

> If there is a way to store html files on the iphone that'd probably be
> the best way.

On the iPhone's local filesystem?  Officially, you can't, because  
Apple doesn't want you to know that you have a local filesystem at  
all.  However, an iPhone actually has an ordinary Unix filesystem,  
with most of the basic Unix commands.  To get at this stuff, you need  
to jailbreak your phone (using QuickPwn, PwnageTool, redsn0w, or  
something like that) and install the following Cydia packages:
1) Terminal (so you can type Unix commands)
2) OpenSSH (so you can transfer files to and from your iPhone, e.g.  
using sftp)
3) either
3a) Docs (which reads PDF, Word, Excel, HTML, RTF, etc. files on the  
local filesystem), or
3b) file:// (which coaxes Safari to recognize URL's starting with  
"file://", as it would on a normal computer).

Purely hypothetically, of course; I would never do such a thing.

Hmm... I just read about another Cydia package: "Attachment Saver",  
which patches your Mail app so that it can save attachments to the  
local filesystem.  If you have only a few HTML files to worry about,  
mailing them to yourself might be simpler than using sftp.

And there's something called "iFile" which is a full-fledged file  
manager/viewer allowing you to navigate around your iPhone's  
filesystem; that would serve sorta the same purpose as Docs or file:// .

Stephen Bloch
sbloch at adelphi.edu

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