Fix 'dpkg Cydia Error' and 'Freezing Cydia' in Electra iOS 11 Jailbreak Tool Using These Methods

Harsh Soni
5:34 PM

If you have already jailbreaked your iOS 11 / iOS 11.1.2 iPhone or iPad using the latest version of the Electra jailbreak and might be experiencing some issues with the Cydia then this article is for you. There are several users who are reporting error “var/lib/dpkg/updates/” when trying to download or install packages through Cydia. Some are also experiencing intermittent freezing problems in Cydia. However, you don’t have to worry much as there is a fix for the problems.

Freezing Cydia Issue:

CoolStar is the developer who not only pieced together the Electra jailbreak but he is the only one who is troubleshooting and providing answers to problems whenever possible. CoolStar via Twitter said that,

For those experiencing intermittent freezing issues: Try uninstalling “Substitute” from Cydia (will also uninstall all tweaks) and see how it goes for a day or 2. The jailbreak should behave more like beta 10 (just with TCP instead of UDP), as XPC won’t be involved as much.

If you are one of those who is experiencing intermittent hanging and freezing problems in the latest Electra jailbreak tool then the resolution in the short-term appears to be to head into Cydia and entirely remove the Substitute package that is an alternative to Saurik’s Substrate put together by Comex. Since the Substitute acts the same as Substrate, removing it this will eventually affect that all associated tweaks that require it as a dependency. And those tweaks will automatically get uninstall.

For now, this is a perfect resolution to the problem as it basically means powerful SpringBoard-based tweaks and experience won’t be able to be used. If we believe on CoolStar’s advice then it’s potentially valuable removing Substitute for a day or two and then reinstalling the package to see if that has any effect on the performance of the jailbroken hardware.

Error var/lib/dpkg/updates:

After jailbreaking iOS 11 using the latest version of Electra, when Cydia starts to show error messages, referencing directories and other technical aspects, it can be extremely confusing to the average jailbreak users. However, there is no need to worry as the resolution to this problem is being received.

It can be simply fixed up by creating an “updates” folder in the “var/lib/dpkg/” directory, meaning you will fundamentally have “var/lib/dpkg/updates”.

This is easy to realize by using something like Filza File Manager or SSH’ing into your iPhone/iPad, heading to the abovementioned directory, and simply creating a new empty folder named as “updates”. However, when the tweaks are installed or when Cydia is refreshing, the problem should no longer there and you should be good to carry on.

It’s highly probable that you will encounter a number of additional problems/ issues with the current iOS 11 jailbreak and Cydia combination as time number of people adopt it. Generally, any jailbreaker wants an experience that is trouble-free and doesn’t come with a bunch of challenges, but this actually does not happen in the real world.

Are you facing any issue using latest Electra iOS 11 Jailbreak with Cydia? Let us know in the comment section below.

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