Bluetooth hangs in OSX 10.6.6

Perhaps a couple of times a month, I have problems where by Bluetooth devices will work strangely on OSX 10.6.6.

Maybe because I work in an office where there is a lot of Bluetooth from phones and computers, or because I’m using a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse and trackpad I get the occasional hang from the Bluetooth process.IMG_0136.JPG

I realised that restarted the Bluetooth daemon will clear the problem. It’s doesn’t seem to affect any other processes in the system. I’ve been using this command for about three months without any problems that I’ve noticed.

The ‘sudo’ command means that you will need the administrator’s password for the system, for most people this is your normal login password.

Last login: Mon Jan 17 16:00:11 on ttys001
gfMacBook:~ gregferro$ sudo killall -HUP blued
gfMacBook:~ gregferro$

Hope this helps you out.


About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

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  • Brandon Bennett

    “The ësudoí command means that you will need the administratorís password for the system, for most people this is your normal login password.”

    It’s it always your login password? Isn’t that how sudo works (it’s not su)

    • Greg Ferro

      I”m not so great at *nix so I’m covering my ass a bit here. But users are not always “administrators”, and their mileage may vary. At least they will have enough syntax to go ask the right question around administrator rights, preferably somewhere else :)

      • Tony Mattke

        Brandon is correct. ‘sudo’ always asks for your password. If you’re not an admin or a sudoer as they say, then you’ll be denied as well.. su always asks for the password of the user you’re trying to switch to… by default this is root.

  • Fabien

    It will always be their normal login password but they need to be in the sudoers group to be allowed ro run sudo.

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