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Hammett 09-12-2004 06:03 PM

DISCUSSION: USB Bluetooth and mobile file transfers
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Hammett 11-29-2004 12:41 PM


As KiyuKo find out, p3nfs client version 5.15 and above uses rfcomm port 11. Port 4 is not used anymore to make connections.

earcam 12-01-2004 07:40 PM


Found i had to run /usr/sbin/hcid and /usr/sbin/sdpd otherwise i couldn't bind properly (could l2ping phone but phone failed recognise PIN code).

Good article Hammett :) Had the USB dongle and phone set up & fully connected in about 5 minutes, and transfer speeds are excellent (took ~ 2hours to transfer 5meg via infra-red, now takes ~ 30secs)

I didn't opt for mount the phone (p3nfs seems quite buggy and doesn't list k700i as supported). Instead used kde-bluetooth, sending to phone with 'rightClick->Actions->Send With Bluetooth'. When data is sent from the phone a kde notifcation pops up.

Question: With p3nfs what happens if battery dies or move out of range during transfer?

See also for details to complement the article under discussion in this thread.

distro: Suse 9.1
dongle: no brand cheapo (uk 12) SCR widcomm?
phone: SonyEricsson k700i

Hammett 12-15-2004 07:40 AM

Yes, hcid has to be running for sure, but you don't need sdpd in order to mount the phone (no binding is requiered) and you are right, p3nfs is quite buggy at the moment (I experienced myself some hangings), but since I was unable to pair the mobile (mainly because I didn't know I needed sdpd running) and due to the lack of information on the net about Bluetooth and mobile phones, I found out mounting the mobile was a quite good solution (actually the only one).

Mounting the filesystem has some benefits though, for example knowing exactly what's on your mobile, or delete some apps that mobile's OS refuse to do (due to errors or whatever). Also is easy to transfer by doing "cp Image* /home/images" than having to select them one by one and transfer them.

Recently I changed from Nokia 3650 to Sony Ericsson T630, and I cannot mount the phone anymore, so I had to "dive" into the net for a solution, and it was sdpd and obexserver.

The fact that k700i (and t630) are not listed in p3nfs website, does not mean it will not work. This software works (or should) in all Symbian mobiles. If you find out k700i is running Symbian, sure you'll be able to mount it. As for myself, I haven't been able to discover which OS runs T630, but now I really don't care that much since I've been able to use "regular" bluetooth transfers.

Anyway, I'm glad my post helped you out connecting your mobile :)

earcam 12-15-2004 04:34 PM

For a wealth of Sony Ericsson stuff try;

You'll need to sign up to access downloads and whitepapers (you can join for free under Community Membership).

Like most SE phones, the T630 uses Symbian

When you mount the FS does it include the firmware OS portion? If so it may be possible to perform firmware updates without docking station...

cheers ;)

Hammett 12-15-2004 06:57 PM

Mmmmmm, interesting question that one about the firmware....I really cannot tell, as I never thought of upgrading mobile's firmware. Even though T630 uses Symbian, I cannot install any app on the phone (just games, tunes and pictures) so p3nfs client won't run.

What I can tell is that when I mounted the Nokia, it had 4 drives, c, d, e and z. E was where pictures and sounds where stored. C was more like /boot partition, D I cannot tell, really, and Z was some kind of "where the base system is stored". It is by far, the biggest partition. I guess all Symbian SO is in there, but it's quite dangerous to play over there, as you can damage the device.

PS: Thanks for the link, though ;)

pukington 03-12-2005 10:42 AM

hi, i'm pretty new to the world of linux as anything other than an end user, now i'm running fc2 and really getting into it, so i'm sat here thinkin what can i do next and see my Sony K700i sat beside me, do a google and your topic comes up!

So, i'm playing around, i check the P3nfs page and they say its all Sony Ericson compat. i've done a locate and found that i have the bluez type things you say i do and a lot comes up, i need to instal the P3nfs and bear in mind i'm a relative newb, so could you please help me out.

I've downloaded the relative file, but as i'm not 100% with linux file structure, where should i place it. You say "First of all, load rfcomm module, and run it" is this part of the P3nfs as i dont believe i have this is on my system as it stands.

Looking forward to getting this working, thanks for any help, as always :)

kevmania 05-09-2006 08:32 AM

Problems getting p3nfs working

Please excuse any silly mistakes in what I'm about to describe - be gentle ;)

I've unpacked p3nfs on SuSE Pro 9 and have started to work through the README to install and configure it.

When I try and run the pre-built binary I get a shared library error saying it can't find

I'm guessing that I need to find that and add it to my path so I'm trying that as Plan A.

I've also tried building the source but have also hit problems. The 'configure' utility works OK now I've installed gcc but I get compile errors when I run 'make' - telling me that commands have been deprecated and so fort (3 errors I think).

Anyone any suggestions?



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