I have an iPhone 4 and I wanted to copy all my text messages off of it.
Is there a utility to do this under Ubuntu?
Or is there a way to access them through the file menu/cmd line?
In any platforms, as long as you have a FTP program, you can easily transfer files to/from the iPhone via OpenSSH.
On you iPhone, go to Cydia. Tap on Section on the bottom pane and scroll to Networking->OpenSSH. Tap on the Install button to install it.
On your desktop, open up your FTP program (it doesn’t matter which one you use. For me, I used Filezilla because it is free and easy to use).
On Filezilla, go to File->Site Manager
On the left, click New Site
Rename the site to ‘iPhone‘
On the right, enter the following:
Host: Your iPhone IP address Servertype: SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol Logontype: Normal User: root Password: alpine
You will be shown a confirmation message asking if you will accept key exchange / connection with the device with the iPhone’s address. You’ll need to click OK for it to connect.
Once connected, you will see the familiar Explorer-like navigation structure. Simply drag and drop the files to and forth the iPhone.
I ended up using DiskAid.
If Ubuntu has access to a dual-boot Windows partition, with iTunes synchronization : open your apple folder (somewhere inside c:\users...\appdata\Apple...\MobileSync/Backup// ) --> you should find this file "3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28"
Then open it with sqlite (eg sqlite firefox plugin), and execute this sql query :
You'll have every messages (sms or iMessages) ready to export to a csv file.