[pulseaudio-discuss] Help needed configuring Bluetooth speaker with system mode

Georg Chini georg at chini.tk
Sat May 30 02:38:39 PDT 2015

On 30.05.2015 00:47, Northern Lights Info wrote:
> Thanks for the response.  If it’s a kernel module issue, which module 
> is needed?  I haven’t seen any reference to kernel modules on this 
> subject.
>     Do you have the required kernel modules installed? "Protocol not
>     available" sounds like
>     a kernel message. Modules can be found under networking in the
>     kernel configuration.
> Okay, I suppose this makes sense
>     You don't need to load module-bluez5-device directly.
>     module-bluetooth-discover is the only
>     module you need to load. module-bluetooth-discover loads then
>     module-bluez4-discover or
>     module-bluez5-discover depending on your bluez version and that
>     module automatically loads
>     module-bluez4-device or module-bluez5-device as soon as a
>     bluetooth device turns up.
> As to your follow-up of whether or not things work when not logged in 
> as root, well, I can’t tell because if I create a user and log into 
> it, while PulseAudio launches fine, when I try to run bluetoothctl, I 
> get its prompt but then it’s dead in the water and doesn’t respond to 
> me typing.  Before I learned of the system mode option, I tried 
> pulseaudio —start –D when logged in as root.  If I quickly run the 
> bluetoothctl command sequence, I can connect to the speaker and then 
> do pacmd list-sinks and see it.  I just doesn’t do the same thing in 
> system mode. I get that error.  I did try copying my default.pa to 
> system.pa but that didn’t help.


states: When in system mode, module loading after startup is disabled 
for security reasons, which means: no hotplug handling in system mode

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