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Solved: bluez 5.43 have bluetooth disabled on boot

mdg Posts: 3
edited December 2016 in Networking


I am setting up a home linux desktop for development projects, and have decided to use Fedora 25. The PC has built-in bluetooth, which is working in Fedora 25 + xfce4, through the bluez 5.43 package.

I'd like to be security conscious, and don't feel comfortable with bluetooth turned on normally. Ideally it would be nice to have bluetooth disabled on boot, but to be able to turn it on easily with the blueman-applet program in xfce4.


rfkill block bluetooth

seems to be a good way to do this as it disables bluetooth in the applet (as well as the hciconfig controlelr) and it can easily be turned back on via the applet. But I can't figure out any way to keep bluetooth from being enabled on system startup.

I've noticed that if I disable bluetooth via rfkill, and then restart the bluetoothd process, bluetooth becomes unblocked in

rfkill list

Is there any way to keep the bluetoothd process from enabling bluetooth at startup? I've tried changing the AutoEnable option in /etc/bluetooth/main.conf, but doesn't seem to make a difference. I think I'd be happy even modifing the bluez sourcecode and rebuilding, but can't make out what may be happening in that source code. I don't know much about security, but I'd like it if the solution didn't involve having bluetooth turn on and then back off during startup.


  • mdg
    mdg Posts: 3
    edited December 2016

    I found out the issue wasn't with bluetoothd, it was actually the blueman-applet powering on the bluetooth controller whenever bluetoothd restarted. The solution was actually really simple:

    Right-click on the blueman-applet, the Plugins, Powermanager, Configuration, then uncheck auto power-on. Now it seems bluetooth stays off after a new login or reboot.

  • mdg
    mdg Posts: 3

    I managed to fix this. After trying to work with the source of bluetoothd, I found out that was not the issue, but instead the blueman-applet program was unblocking bluetooth whenever bluetoothd restarted. As it turns out there is a simple option:

    right click on the blueman-applet icon, then Plugins, then PowerManager, then Configuration, and uncheck Auto power-on.


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