[Replicant] backup stock ROM without root

Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli GNUtoo at no-log.org
Sun Aug 12 13:14:08 UTC 2018

On Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:09:37 +0000
Fil Lupin <fillupin at protonmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Denis,
> thank you for your insights, it will be very helpful.
> I copied this on the post I initially sent to share these
> informations (https://redmine.replicant.us/boards/3/topics/14859#).
> Please let me know if your prefer me to not cite you.
You can cite me if you want: this has been published on a public
mailing list anyway (that you can even point to if you want).

> Since I am convinced by Replicant, I am pretty sure I want to install
> it and not going back stock android but visitors could have a
> different though.
Backuping the stock OS is a good practice:
- It can help to be able to restore it, in the case of warranties
  claims with devices vendors.
- It also backups crucial data like the EFS partition.

Note that the stock OS can also be Replicant since some vendors like
Technoetical sell devices with Replicant preinstalled.

I wonder however if having such instructions on the wiki (which would
be an ideal place for that), would be a problem for the compliance with
the free software distribution guidelines[1] or not.

If it's not, it would be great to have two new pages in the wiki:
- One about backuping as much as possible the user data:
  - For users running a stock Android distribution. Unlocking the
    bootloader erases such data so it's better to save the important
    parts before.
  - For users switching Replicant version or coming from another
    community Android distribution.
- One for backuping as much as possible of the complete system


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