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Re: [Linphone-developers] Uninstalling Linphone on Android seems to remo

From: Greg Troxel
Subject: Re: [Linphone-developers] Uninstalling Linphone on Android seems to remove all Contacts - what does initializeSyncAccount do?
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 14:39:09 -0400
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Dave Osbourne <> writes:

> This is my experience...  I start with a "vanilla" Linphone (v 4.3)
> code, there is no linphone app installed on my device (I've
> uninstalled it).
> 1) confirm I see my Contacts in the Contacts App - there were imported
> via </some other route/>

As I understand it, the Contacts App doesn't actually store contacts -
it is a view into a Contacts Provider.  So where are your contacts - are
they via davx5, or "local", or ?  I think that may well matter.

FWIW, my contacts are in nextcloud's carddav server, accessed on android
via davx5 (which is a carddav client and an android contacts provider).

> 2) compile and install linphone
> 3) allow 2 permissions requested
> 4) fetch a config (from my provisioning server)
> 5) dial a SIP contact [that Linphone has found]
> 6) check contacts - they're gone

This is the odd part - things are getting bad just from using linphone.

> 7) uninstall linphone
> 8) check contacts - they're still gone
> I re-import the contacts and I make this change to the Linphone source
>     public void initializeContactManager() {
>         if (!mInitialized) {
>             if
> (mContext.getResources().getBoolean(R.bool.use_linphone_tag)) {
>                 if (hasReadContactsAccess()
>                         && hasWriteContactsAccess()
>                         && hasWriteSyncPermission()) {
>                     if (LinphoneContext.isReady()) {
> *// initializeSyncAccount();**

I would advise reading the docs and code for this; I'm not really sure
what it does.

> *                        mInitialized = true;
>                     }
>                 }
>             }
>         }
>     }

> I don't know why this is, but given that I'm wholly different to the
> majority of users (no gapps and no play store) this is almost
> certainly something I've done (or not done).

I think gapps only comes in, in that many people have contacts in some
cloud place where google code is used to be a bridge from remote to
contacts provider.

> I can reliably repeat the above.  I'm more and more certain the
> unwanted interaction is only with linphone, but I can't tell what it's
> doing...

I have been using linphone (and trying to make it work with asterisk) on
and off for years, and surely have uninstalled it.  I have never seen
what you're talking about.

But I have not tried 4.3 yet; still on 4.2.
Do you think this is a new problem?

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