File fransfer from iPad to FreeBSD

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri Feb 16 11:36:42 UTC 2018

On Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:00:09 -0800, Doug Hardie wrote:
> > On 16 February 2018, at 02:38, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> > 
> > On Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:23:34 +0000, krad wrote:
> >> if its just file why not use an sftp client on the tablet to push them to
> >> freebsd? Assuming you have control of the tablet.
> > 
> > You mean, across the Internet (or at least through WLAN)?
> > Interesting approach. Still, I did hope that the USB cable
> > could be used and control is exercised from a normal computer
> > (the one running FreeBSD). I don't think installing 3rd party
> > apps should be required just to get one's photos from the
> > iPad to a PC (see notes regarding not buying a Mac and not
> > buying a new PC and licensing a "Windows")...
> > 
> > I don't have much experience with iPads so I wouldn't even
> > know what to install, or how. It's not as easy as using
> > "adb install appname-apk" on Android. ;-)
> Installing an app in a iPad is quite easy.  Use the App Store
> app and search for what you want.  However, you do have to be
> registered with an apple id.

That is the problem: registration. I do not own the iPad.
The few mobile devices I have are not connected to me with
personal identification data. I avoid companies that want
my name, address, bank information or phone number. And
just for transfering fotos, that's too much to ask for. :-)

However, I will check (next week) if the iPad has been
registered, and how the "purchasing" of apps from the
App Store is to be performed. The upcoming problem I see
is that... I don't know! Can a FTP or NFS client on the
iPad access the fotos taken by the camera? "App sandboxing"
and "use only with app"? Hmmm...

> I have tried to do what you need for a long time.  The obvious
> approaches are not supported.  Connecting via USB to a Mac gives
> you several options.  The best is Image Transfer app on the Mac.

I do not have trusted access to a Mac.

> However, there is yet another way:  Setup a dropbox account and
> you can easily transfer the images through it to any computer
> that supports drop box.  I had to go this way for one client.

This is also a problem. I do not trust Dropbox with personal
identification data, nor do I trust Dropbox with the images
I want to transer.

> It's not speedy, but it works.

Speed doesn't even matter. An easy solution within a trusted
WLAN would not be a problem, even if transfering the images
should take a few hours.

Magdeburg, Germany
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