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This is a collection of tips and information regarding blueman, a GTK+ bluetooth manager. The information here was originally collated from the AUR thread at


NOW obsolete! >> Workaround for a Bug with obex and gvfs

To browse mobile phone via nautilus with blueman you need a patched gvfs. Install gvfs-rar from AUR:

obex-data-server package is broken for now and needs to rebuild with:

$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc

Just grab it from ABS and rebuild.

>>For me now with actual obex-data-server and standard gvfs all is working fine (Yes obex-browsing too) the only thing is delete files on remote storage don't work.

Workaround a bug with network manager in bluetooth networking

Some distributions show all bluetooth interfaces as net.80203, which can cause strange behaviour in network manager, for example NM trying to get dhcp address for an incoming connection.

This is for versions <= 1.01, versions 1.02 and up will include this patch.

Put this in /etc/hal/fdi/information/bnep.fdi:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<deviceinfo version="0.2">
   <match key="info.category" string="net.80203">
     <match key="net.interface" contains="bnep">
         <merge key="info.category" type="string">net.bluetooth</merge>
         <merge key="info.product" type="string">Bluetooth Interface</merge>
         <merge key="info.capabilities" type="strlist">net, net.bluetooth</merge>
         <merge key="net.bluetooth.mac_address" type="copy_property">net.80203.mac_address</merge>
         <remove key="net.80203.mac_address"/>

Can't receive files

You have to edit /etc/conf.d/bluetooth file and uncomment this line:


Discussion Threads on problems

Other window/network managers

To launch blueman, use:

ck-launch-session blueman-applet &

or, without the applet:

ck-launch-session blueman-manager &

To use with netcfg for tethering, create a profile associated with bnep0 and run it after establishing a network in blueman-manager.