Have been using /e/ for a few months, recently did an update. Battery ran out and system hanging on e symbol on restarting. Tried cold restart with same result. Looking for help with this issue. Prompted to sign up to community. Encountered Discobot. Do not understand what that is about at all. Still looking for help please.
Formatting data did get me out of the hanging loop and allow me to reinstall a fresh image file.
I was then able to run through the first time setup and reboot into TWRP.
Attempting to restore the backup brought me back to the hanging situation however.
Running through this process again I noticed a warning:
“WARNING: This /data backup was made with f2fs file system! The backup may not boot unless you change back to f2fs.”
Attempting to rerun the data format and change the file system revealed that f2ff was not an available file system on the installed version of TWRP 18.104.22.168, only FAT and various flavours of EXTfs.
As this is the same version I used to make the backup, I am a bit confused.
Pausing my efforts to restore the data backup, I reinstalled /e/ once again and tried to use the system to update TWRP in the hope that a later version would support f2fs, to find that Apps would not install any new apps or app stores and kept stopping.
Attempting to download .apk files using the Chrome browser did not work either, with the download dialogue reporting “sdcard not found” (despite having ample space on internal and external storage and being able to browse files on both).
As a fresh format and clean install is not working for me, I am going to try finding and side loading an .apk of TWRP.
It seems as if I have the most recent compatible version of TWRP and do not have the option of formatting to f2ff. I have tried formatting data on some and all partitions and reinstalled known, working images of e/ versions 15, 16 and 17 via adb sideload.
Even without any attempt to restore data from the backup, I do not have a working install of /e/, with Apps able to find Apps, but not install them.
I am able to restore contacts from sdcard using a .vcf file, and browse photo and video files on different cards so I can read cards OK.
I have installed /e/ 17 using system update from an /e/ 15 installation, which included verification, but still Apps can search for and find, but stops when asked to install.
When I open gallery, I get the message “No Storage No external storage available”, superimposed over a selection of my photographs on the external storage card! I I can play videos OK, but if I take a photo or video, I get a “failed to save” error.
Via USB, I can browse the sdcard and the internal storage, but there is nothing visible in internal storage but a TWRP directory with the .twrps file in it.
I’m out of ideas at this stage - what am I missing?
I have tried to install fdroid, without success (it is the only thing I would use the Apps app for).
I get the message “SD card not found” and cannot find a way to change the default download location because clicking on downloads get the message “not enough space” (there is plenty of space, but may not be accessible for some reason)
I have tried to get the system running without using the backup or sdcard amongst many other things
please see above.
Internal shared storage 5.26 GB used of 14.90 GB
sdcard 10.60 GB used of 14.44
UPDATE - I now have the phone working, although I’m really not sure how. I continued to format, wipe and reinstall, trying many different approaches until finally the /e/ OS was able to write to the internal storage.
I suspect that the backed up data will need the data partition reformatted to f2ff first via adb to succeed, but after a day without use of the phone my wife is just happy to be able to make calls again and that may never happen
It may be that the “format data and reinstall” approach that was recommended allowed TWRP to reformat the f2ff data partition with EXT4 and it would have been better to use the -rm -rf approach.
As always a more careful, RTFM approach may have spared me a sleepless night.
Many thanks to all who replied, hope this is useful to others.