File fransfer from iPad to FreeBSD

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri Feb 16 09:47:13 UTC 2018

Did anyone succeed in transfering files _from_ an iPad _to_
a FreeBSD machine using the USB cable? The setting where this
should work consists of a FreeBSD 10.3-p24 (32 bit) and an
iPad 32 GB with iOS 11.0.3 15A432.

Attaching the iPad shows ipheth0 and ue0 devices.

I have installed the imobiledevice and fusefs-ifuse packages
via pkg.

With the command

	# idevice pair

execute twice (with confirming the trust dialog on the iPad)
I got the system to print the iPad's device ID. But any of
the other idevice* commands just leads to an error:

	# ideviceinfo
	ERROR: Could not connect to lockdownd, error code -3

Mounting attempts fail as well:

	# ifuse -d -u <ID> /mnt
	Failed to connect to lockdownd service on the device.
	Try again. If it still fails try rebooting your device.

I did as instructed (repeated command, rebooted iPad), but no

It does not matter if /var/lib/lockdown is mode 777 or what
it initially was. It also does not matter if the commands are
being executed as root or as a normal user.

I have also tried gtkpod, but it doesn't detect anything at
all. Manually configuring the iPad doesn't help, it does not
connect, and the error message ("unsupported checksum type")
doesn't help.

I also fully understand that Apple doesn't want me to be able
to easily transfer files from (or to) the iPad except with
their tools, but I don't care what Apple wants. That's why
the "recommended solutions" don't work for me because:

1. I won't buy a Mac.

2. I won't buy a new PC plus a license of "Windows".

3. I won't give out any personal identification information
   to Apple or MICROS~1 in order to "register".

4. I won't register at a "cloud" storage provider.

So please no suggestions to "just" use iTunes.

Honestly, what's the problem of not presenting the device as
a USB mass storage device? Even Android devices can do this
(with specific limitations)! Shouldn't the iPad be easier to
use, more advanced, more professionsl? ;-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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