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FS#16767 - [gnome-bluetooth] not working (with fix)

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Tom Billiet (mouse256) - Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 15:03 GMT
Last edited by Andrea Scarpino (BaSh) - Thursday, 08 April 2010, 23:50 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan de Groot (JGC)
Geoffroy Carrier (gcarrier)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No


Description: gnome-bluetooth is not working for quite some people, as discussed in The solution is also in the topic.

bluetoothd -nd
bluetoothd[4295]: Bluetooth daemon 4.56
bluetoothd[4295]: Enabling debug information
bluetoothd[4295]: parsing main.conf
bluetoothd[4295]: discovto=0
bluetoothd[4295]: pairto=0
bluetoothd[4295]: pageto=8192
bluetoothd[4295]: name=%h-%d
bluetoothd[4295]: class=0x000100
bluetoothd[4295]: discov_interval=0
bluetoothd[4295]: Key file does not have key 'DeviceID'
bluetoothd[4295]: Unable to get on D-Bus

** (bluetooth-applet:19014): WARNING **: Could not open RFKILL control device, please verify your installation

Solution: (thanks to syntaxerrormmm, works also for me)
Add a file /etc/udev/rules.d/xx-gnome-bluetooth.rules with the following content:
# Get access to /dev/rfkill for group 'uucp'
# See
KERNEL=="rfkill", ENV{ACL_MANAGE}="1", GROUP="uucp"

maybe also add an install message that you have to add your user to the uucp group.
This task depends upon

Closed by  Andrea Scarpino (BaSh)
Thursday, 08 April 2010, 23:50 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't implement
Comment by Andrea Scarpino (BaSh) - Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 18:18 GMT
added JGC to assigned list, cause gcarrier is inactive
Comment by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 18:33 GMT
That fix was rejected upstream. As for the uucp group: no. I don't want to do this with group membership now, we have ACLs these days.
Comment by fabio (fabioamd) - Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 23:12 GMT
made the change, but still error...
Comment by Emiliano Vavassori (syntaxerrormmm) - Saturday, 24 October 2009, 17:04 GMT
My apologies, JGC, but I don't understand your position.
gnome-bluetooth doesn't work and it is not in testing: I should expect a package in extra should just work, stop. Implement it how you like, I don't mind. Oh, another thing: uucp membership is already required for using bluetooth serial connections as user.

@fabioamd: Have you added yourself to 'uucp' group?
Comment by fabio (fabioamd) - Sunday, 25 October 2009, 19:24 GMT
Comment by Emiliano Vavassori (syntaxerrormmm) - Sunday, 25 October 2009, 19:35 GMT
@fabioamd, there is (at least) two errors regarding GNOME-bluetooth, please check the forum thread (indicated by mouse256 in the opening) to see if it's the other one you are encountering. UDev rule reported here just fix the 'rfkill' problem.

As for my previous statements, I sincerely apologize. I understand that maybe not anyone is involved in Arch Linux project shares my point of view. What I really want is to see an OS that works out of the box and "upstream rejected that" or the like simply don't fit the purpose.

I've been investigating a little in ACL later and it can be a solution (also, I've learned something new); in any case, you have to inform the user that some changes are needed and how to make them.
Comment by Tom Billiet (mouse256) - Monday, 26 October 2009, 07:59 GMT
JGC, syntaxerrormmm,
It seems you have another (better) solution for this problem (with the use of ACL's). Can you give some details about it, I will be glad to try it out.
Comment by fabio (fabioamd) - Monday, 26 October 2009, 13:33 GMT
Archlinux doesn't have obexd-client and obexd-server package?
Comment by Ionut Biru (wonder) - Friday, 06 November 2009, 16:31 GMT
@fabio obexd and obex-data-server
Comment by fabio (fabioamd) - Friday, 13 November 2009, 15:20 GMT Comment by fabio (fabioamd) - Wednesday, 13 January 2010, 13:20 GMT
"fixed" by using blueman...