With a spare Nexus 5 knocking about, and somehow too much time on my hands, I decided to flash the phone with Ubuntu Touch.
having tweeted said decision I got a response from someone about an annoying bug which will drain your data –
Seems to have an annoying bug that makes repeated requests to "https://t.co/xT6GOIi3KY". Needs blocking in localhost or you will eat mobile data. It's actually pretty good but needs lots more people to support it.
— Marc Draco (@marcdraco63) November 30, 2017
I didn’t get round to blacklisting the url that night. And when I got up the following day I discovered that not only will it drain your data, it will drain your battery – 13 mb of data roughly, and over 60% of the battery (from a full charge) gone.
So following the instructions on XDA forum, I blocked dash.ubuntu.com –
- In terminal:
- sudo mount -o remount,rw /
- Make a backup of the hosts file (optional but very much recommended, chose destination as you please but make sure to keep it):
- sudo cp /etc/hosts /etc/hosts.bak
- Edit the file: sudo nano /etc/hosts
- Keep the defaults and add the blocking stuff after that.
- Then reboot and the system will be read only again as you haven’t changed fstab.
- Once edited your file will look like this –
In 17 hours I’ve lost only 29% of battery. Massively improved!