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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Fixing ipod touch / iphone support in LMDE after Update Pack 8

Since upgrading to Update Pack 8 (UP8) in Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), I'm no longer able to mount my ipod Touch 2G 3.1.3 or iphone 3GS 6.1.4. Both devices used to appear as a mounted device when plugged in, and I could use gtkpod to sync to. Since the upgrade, when I plug in either device, I get a DBUS timeout error. The devices appear as unmounted, and when I try mount them via caja, I get a DBUS timeout error.

dmeg has the following output:

usb 6-1: new high-speed USB device number 3 using ehci-pci
usb 6-1: New USB device found, idVendor=05ac, idProduct=1294
usb 6-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 6-1: Product: iPhone
usb 6-1: Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
usb 6-1: SerialNumber: <<>>
ipheth 6-1:4.2: Apple iPhone USB Ethernet device attached
usbcore: registered new interface driver ipheth
IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
pool[5534]: segfault at 300000003 ip 00007fc287ff8cd6 sp 00007fc283ffbc50 error 6 in[7fc287fed000+1a000]
pool[5558]: segfault at 300000003 ip 00007f61bd848cd6 sp 00007f61b984bc50 error 6 in[7f61bd83d000+1a000]

I found a solution posted at

In a nutshell, I downloaded the following 4 files:

Install by each of the 4 by running dkpg, such as:

sudo dpkg -i libusbmuxd1_1.0.7-2_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i libimobiledevice2_1.1.1-4_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i fuse-utils_2.9.0-2+deb7u1_all.deb sudo dpkg -i ifuse_1.0.0-1+b1_amd64.deb 

Create a mount point, such as /mnt/iphone:
sudo mkdir /mnt/iphone
sudo chmod 777 /mnt/iphone/

To mount the iphone / ipod touch, connect the device and run:

ifuse /mnt/iphone/

To unmount the iphone / ipod touch, run:

umount /mnt/iphone/

Fixing Disappearing Network Manager from LMDE after Update Pack 8

One of the issues I witnessed on one of my Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) system, after performing Update Pack 8 was that the network icon

would disappear from the notification bar.  This would make it extremely difficult to manually switch between access points (automatic was fine and transparent, such as if you need to connect to a new access point, or select a particular hot spot among multiple known/saved access points.

The notification icon is actually a program called nm-applet.

When I started it manually, it would exit with the following error:

** (nm-applet:27520): WARNING **: Could not initialize NMClient /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager: Rejected send message, 2 matched rules; type="method_call", sender=":1.92" (uid=1000 pid=27520 comm="nm-applet ") interface="org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties" member="GetAll" error name="(unset)" requested_reply="0" destination="org.freedesktop.NetworkManager" (uid=0 pid=4075 comm="/usr/sbin/NetworkManager ")
** Message: applet now removed from the notification area
** Message: applet now embedded in the notification area
** Message: applet now removed from the notification area

The issue is that /etc/dbus-1/system.d/org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.conf gets reset with Update Pack 8.

To resolve the issue, make a backup of the file /etc/dbus-1/system.d/org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.conf  and modify the file by replacing all of the deny entries with allow.  Easiest way is to open vi, and enter :%s/deny/allow  to automatically switch all the occurrences.  Next time you reboot, nm-applet will stay alive.  You'll also be able to manually start nm-applet in the meanwhile.