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FAQ: What Is This Quincy Application On My OS 4.5 Beta

So I have been hearing this name bounced back and forth and with the help of Gareth, Lois, Vicky, & Greg I managed to get to the bottom of it. Turns out Quincy is an application which is part of OS 4.5 Betas (and many previous betas) that reports back some configuration and debugging files. No it does not spy on you.

NOTE: Not everybody has this application so most people can just ignore this post.

Just to set the record straight this is from the readme:

Quincy is debugging system that sends and processes reports whenever certain device events occur. Quincy consists of two main components: the client and server.  The client produces the reports on the device, sends them to the server where it is processed and consumed.  This readme file discusses the client only.

This is the kind of information it sends out:

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You can read how to install, disable, and remove Quincy in the readme after the jump:

########################################
######## Installing Quincy #############
########################################

(A) Using javaloader

When loading Quincy on the device, you may load 2 to 5 files
depending on your needs. The two required cod files are

net_rim_quincy.cod
and one of
net_rim_quincy_reports_old.cod
net_rim_quincy_reports_new.cod

net_rim_quincy.cod contains the Quincy Library and all necessary functions
required for the client-side quincy to function.

net_rim_quincy_reports_old.cod should only be used on devices that use the
old EScreen API. It contains code to add additional information to reports
generated by Quincy.

net_rim_quincy_reports_new.cod should only be used on devices that use the
new EScreen API. It contains code to add additional information to reports
generated by Quincy.

If you are unsure what version EScreen API is available on your device,
please contact one of the people listed above.

The optional files are:
UI:
* net_rim_quincy_ui.cod

Configuration:
* net_rim_quincy_config_std.cod, or
* net_rim_quincy_config_lite.cod, or
* net_rim_quincy_config_carrier.cod

NOTE: if none of the configuration files are loaded, the default
configuration is used.

Speech logging:
* net_rim_speech_icon.cod

NOTE: Only load this .cod file onto devices that have Orpheus radio code
(i.e: Electron:8700, EDGE charm:7130).

(B) Using Desktop Manager

You may load quincy using the desktop manager by loading one of the
alx files:

* QuincyStd.alx : standard features, full ui access
* QuincyLite.alx : no reporting in, no quincy error, limited ui access
* QuincyCarrier.alx: no reporting in, no quincy error, no ui

Desktop manager will automatically load the correct net_rim_quincy_reports_
cod file for your device.

########################################
######## Using Quincy ################
########################################

Quincy is equipped with the following user-configurable features.
These features require full access( standard or default configuration )

(A) View reports
(B) Respond to a report
(C) View Stats
(D) Enable/Disable quincy
(E) Manually send a report
(F) Activate/Deactivate reports that are sent
(G) Load defaults
(H) Configure Recipients
(I) Enable/Disable sending a regular BugDisp log in speech log report

———————————————————————
(A) View Reports
All reports which are sent can be viewed by opening the quincy ui.
Viewng the reports is similar to the message list.

(B) Respond to a Report
The quincy ui allows users to add more information about a report
that was sent. This adds a human-side aspect to quincy reporting.
You may include any information you feel is relevent.

From the main screen:
(1) Select a report
(2) Press enter, or click the thumbwheel and select “Respond”
(3) Enter the information
(4) Select “Send” from the Context menu

(C) View Stats
There is some general information about quincy in the Stats screen.

From the main screen:
(1) Select “Stats” from the menu

(D) Enable/Disable quincy
You can enable or disable quincy so it does not send reports anymore.

From the main screen:
(1) Select “Enable” or “disable”

(E) Manually send a report
If you would like to send a report manually, do one of the following:

Press Ctrl-Alt-(lowercase L). This will tell quincy to
send a log worthy message

_OR_

From the main screen:
(1) Select “Options” from the menu
(2) Select “Send” from the menu

(F) Activate/Deactivate reports that are sent
If you do not want some reports to be sent, for any reason (e.g. you
experience a lot of uncaught exceptions and sending all the reports
takes up too much bandwidth ), you can deactivate the reports.

From the main screen:
(1) Select “Options” from the menu
(2) There is a list of all the reports you may deactivate.
Uncheck or check the checkboxes as necessary

(G) Load defaults
If you have changed the settings on quincy, but want to return to the
factory state, you may load the default settings. Note that this
overwrites any of your previous changes and the function is permanent.

From the main screen:
(1) Select “Options” from the menu
(2) Select “Load Defaults” from the menu

(H) Configure Recipients
If you would like to change/add/delete recipients of the reports:

From the main screen:
(1) Select “Options” from the menu
(2) Select “Recipients” from the menu
(3) Add recipient email addresses where necessary

(I) Enable/Disable sending a regular BugDisp log in speech log report
When sending a speech log report for Orpheus radio code based devices, by
default a regular BugDisp log will be sent along with the report. But if
you don’t wont to send the regular BugDisp log then you can disable it:

From the main screen:
(1) Select “Options” from the menu
(2) Check or uncheck the check box that says “Add regular BugDisp log to speech log report”.

########################################
######## Uninstalling Quincy ###########
########################################

You may delete the configuration file and ui through Blackberry’s Options->
Applications->Show RIM Apps menu.

The required quincy file, net_rim_quincy.cod, is a library that is continually
running. In effect, you are not able to delete it like the other files.

(1) Enter debug mode:
* press ctrl-alt-(lowercase b)
* hold ctrl while entering D,B,M,D
(2) Soft reboot
* the three finger salute: ctrl-alt-del
(3) While rebooting, perform (2) again.
(4) You are now at the debug screen. You can use
javaloader -x erase net_rim_quincy.cod [and other files]

5 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Is it true If quincy will Report to RIM and RIM will kill remotely to PIN Number who use BETA OS but not BETA TESTER member that chosen by RIM ?
    I’ve got this application on my OS BETA 4.5. But I’ve already remove this after heard that issue…I really wondering with this one.

    thanks

  2. Just thought people should know what’s on their berry :)

  3. Now that we know what quincy is can someone please explain what celldata is? Its a new app on the 8310 version of the .44 release but I have no idea what it does. Plus you can choose to install or remove it on DM. Anyone out there have an idea?

    The descritpion says “a cell coverage tracking tool” and the module is net_rim_bb_celldata

    Anyone??

  4. I noticed this to the other day when installing .44, after installing it i googled for information about it. when i found out what it did i just moved the folder to my desktop, and fired up Desktop Manager it noticed the files where gone and prompted me asking if i wished to remove them which I did.

    My suggestion is to just remove the folder quincy and the celldata files are in(sorry I do not remember the exact name, “Debug Tools” or something like that) before installing the OS.

  5. hello, i saw this pictures on an Bold. Now i see your post-it is great. Where i could get the quincy files ? cu robby

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