Enabling Bluetooth on Ubuntu

is as simple as 1, 2, 3 (although it ought to be as simple as 0 – it should work out of the box – more on this later). So I was trying to copy some photos from a phone to an Ubuntu machine which, although it had recognized the phone, kept coming up with the following error message:

"obex://[mac:address]" is not a valid location.

After plugging the error message into my favourite search engine (which should be the first step wheneven encountering a problem), I came up with this launchpad bug report. Followind the advices from the comments everything is working fine now. So if you have the same problem, just install a few additional packages and it should work (I’m curious why these packages aren’t installed by default – I suspect that there is a licensing problem):

sudo apt-get install gnome-vfs-obexftp libopenobex1 gnome-phone-manager


Strictly speaking it is sufficent to install the gnome-vfs-obexftp package, as it depends on libopenobex1 and I thrown gnome-phone-manager in there to experiment with it (although currently I wasn’t able to convince to recognize the phone).

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