[PC-BSD Testing] Bluetooth is recognised but never works

David turbolad995 at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Oct 26 08:23:46 PDT 2012

On 25/10/12 17:31, Ken Moore wrote:
> On 10/25/2012 08:37, David wrote:
>> On 24/10/12 14:24, Ken Moore wrote:
>>> On 10/24/2012 07:39, David wrote:
>>>> I have PC-BSD 9.1-RC2 on my Netbook (Samsung NB30) and although the 
>>>> Bluetooth is recognised, I can't send files via Bluetooth.  I have 
>>>> Ubuntu 12.04 on this same netbook and using an app called "Blueman" 
>>>> (in Ubuntu) I can instantly send files from my mobile phone via 
>>>> Bluetooth. I simply Bluetooth files to my netbook and "Blueman" 
>>>> pops-up a confirmation dialogue to accept or cancel. This is very 
>>>> easy and user-friendly.  I'm hoping this same method could be used 
>>>> in PC-BSD when transferring files via Bluetooth.  No "pairing" or 
>>>> having to battle with pin codes.
>>>> I have mentioned this in the PC-BSD forums (my username on there is 
>>>> also David30) and I've been directed from there to this mailing 
>>>> list.  It's my first post here and I've never used a mailing list 
>>>> before, so still got lots to learn.  I'm also a newbie to PC-BSD, 
>>>> but have plenty of time to beta-test it and help contribute to 
>>>> making it better in any way I can.
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>>> The current version of the Bluetooth manager *ONLY* sets up 
>>> pairing/connections between devices, it does not currently 
>>> facilitate the activation/usage of other bluetooth services (such as 
>>> file sharing, etc...). You will still need to use the command-line 
>>> FreeBSD methods for starting/using bluetooth services as necessary 
>>> after the pairing is completed via the GUI.
>>> The link to the relevent section in the FreeBSD handbook is here[1]. 
>>> You will specifically want to look at the different protocol 
>>> sections and how to activate them.
>>> I will be re-visiting the Bluetooth manager for 9.2 in order to try 
>>> and setup some of the services automatically if possible. As I am 
>>> not very familiar with using bluetooth services at the moment, so I 
>>> would appreciate it if you could send the steps you needed to take 
>>> for the appropriate services to access your device(s). This would 
>>> greatly speed up the process of creating an automated procedure for 
>>> the bluetooth manager to handle.
>>> Thanks!
>>> [1] 
>>> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/network-bluetooth.html
>> I have read that page in the FreeBSD handbook and I don't understand 
>> which commands to use - the commands are too cryptic for me.  If 
>> users want to transfer files from a Bluetooth device, like a mobile 
>> phone, to PC-BSD, can it be made to behave in the same way as the 
>> "Blueman" app in Ubuntu - that is, send files via Bluetooth to 
>> PC-BSD, click on "accept" and the files are transferred immediately?
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> From reading through the handbook again, it looks like the first thing 
> you want to do is browse what services are even available for your 
> device using the following command: "sdpcontrol -a <device number> 
> browse"
> Scanning through the output should give you some idea of what services 
> can even be used. The protocols/services that are specifically 
> mentioned are:
>   L2CAP - use the "l2ping" and "l2control" commands to use this service
>   RFCOMM - "emulation of serial ports over the L2CAP protocol" (use 
> the "l2control" command?)
>   OPUSH - file transfers between devices. I do not think PC-BSD has 
> the comms/obexapp port installed by default, so you may need to add it 
> to the base system with "pkg_add -r obexapp". Then you can use the 
> "obexapp" command to move files around (looks a bit like the sftp 
> usage from the examples).
>   SPP - Serial cable emulation from "rfcomm_sppd" command
>   DUN & PPP - Networking using the "ppp" and "rfcomm_pppd" commands
> So it looks like you specifically are interested in using the OPUSH 
> protocol to move files around. So I would read mimic the examples in 
> that small section (32.4.9) to see if you can get it working. One 
> note, this is all does via the terminal, and not as easy as it should 
> be. That is why I am going to see if I can automate/simplify this 
> process for PC-BSD 9.2, so any information you can send me about 
> success/failure and the steps you took will greatly speed up the process.
> Thanks!
I've tried them commands but I can't understand them and sometimes I get 
"command not found".  This is too complicated for me to understand.  I 
can't be of any help.  Can anyone else with a bluetooth phone try this 
and send files - if you understand what all this means because I'm 
totally bamboozled by these cryptic commands!

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