Substitute for the Gnome bluetooth / Or how to properly manage your bluetooth (obex) connections in Gnome

I connect my Nokia 9300i mobile phone over bluetooth every now and then. In that connection, everyoften I do experience problems with properly connecting the device to my notebook running Debian Squeeze/Sid Unstable on it’s Desktop.
Until recently it really annoyed me that I had to loose time restring the Linux system sometimes when an access to the mobiledevice was failing, without any good trackable error message.
The connection error I have experienced quite often when I was trying to browse my Nokia 9300i cellphone using the bluetooth protocolon Linux was:
“the name org.openobex.client was not provided”
You can read about a similar error to the one encountered by me when using bluetooth on my Debian Linux in debian bugs mailing list on osdir
The way I solved the issues with connecting over bluetooth on Linux until recently was by rebooting the whole Linux system (dumb)!.
Some other things I try to get arround the bluetooth connection errors was by trying to re-enable my bluetooth notebook embedded device on my Lenovo Thinkpad with command:

root@noah:~# echo disable > /proc/acpi/ibm/bluetooth
root@noah:~# echo enable > /proc/acpi/ibm/bluetooth

I alsy tried to physically remove the bluetooth module, rfcomm and a few other modules which were preventing the removal with rmmod of the bluetooth module.
However this solution did’t help either .. To solve the issues I tried few other stuff one of which was installing libobexftp0 and obexftp since my Nokia 9300i uses the obex protocol to communicate with the computer through bluetooth

I have to note that so far I have used the embedded general gnome application Gnome Bluetooth by using the bluetooth-applet .

Well all my worries came to end finally by simply using another piece of bluetooth communication software callde blueman
Since I have installed that handy software bluetooth is working perfectly fine everytime with my mobile. I warmly recommend to everybody out there to switch to the blueman which is a substitute for the old crappy gnome-bluetooth pack
check out the up-mentioned provided website.
It’s probably also worthy to say that the blueman app is written in python.
Well I’m pretty happy now whilst using blueman, hopefully you’ll enjoy it too as well as solve your bluetooth issues ! 🙂

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