Hello buddies, welcome back. Till now we have discussed everything on cydia like what is cydia, how to use cydia, how to add cydia sources for installing new cydia apps, How to jailbreak iphone etc. Today we will discuss about the error “Wow, you exceeded the number of package names this APT is capable of”. Recently when I am adding a cydia source I got an error says “Wow, you exceeded the number of package names this APT is capable of”. That’s a strange message I have ever seen after jailbreaking my iphone. When I first saw this error I was wondered and searched for solution. I assume that many of you also may facing this problem. In this post, I will explain what “Wow, the number of package names this APT is capable of” error is, and most importantly, I will provide you with a quick and simple fix for it.
Why does “Wow, you exceeded the number of package names this APT is capable of” Error Occur
For any problem before going to solution, analyzing the reason for error is important. So now I will explain why this “Wow, you exceeded the number of package names this APT is capable of” error occurs. If you see the above message it’s clearly saying that we have added the maximum number of Cydia packages. Cydia has numerous number of sources and every source have thousands of packages in it. That means you are adding a new cydia source means you are adding thousands of packages associated with it. You may remember, whenever you are adding a new source, cydia warns you and ask for you confirmation. This is only for letting you know what you are doing and asking you for confirmation.
In order to be efficient and fast, cydia consolidates all the packages from various sources to its local data structure. The main problem with this data structure is, it can only capable of storing 65,000 packages. If you start adding more than this limit it will show above error. Basically cydia itself has 40000 internal packages including with default repositories like BigBoss repo and all. This means you are left with 25000 packages only to add new cydia sources. So whenever you exceeded this limit you will get above error. It is just a limitation not a bug in cydia. It is affecting only those who are adding all unnecessary repositories. So what is my suggestion is, don’t add any repository unless it is very useful to you.
How to Fix the Error
So now the question is How to fix this error?. Most people don’t have to worry about this error because it only effects them, who add all un-useful repositories. For fix Launch Cydia –> Navigate to Manage tab –> Click on Sources –> Tap Edit button on top right corner –> Delete the repositories you are not using much.
So this is the only solution we have, deleting unnecessary repositories. Hope this guide is helpful to you. Please do share in social media if you like the post.