Blueman GUI Bluetooth Network Access Point - fixing Bridging
I hosed my old install to the point where I couldn't boot then left my SD card in and accidentally started install on that(goodbye contacts & chat history...) but now I can start clean.
followed previous instructions I put in the wiki at

and again the dnsmasq fails, as I understand this is our bridging software but I do not know much about it.
here is a try to restart the service:  (nothing logged in journalctl -xeu)

mobian@mobian:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart
Restarting dnsmasq (via systemctl): dnsmasq.serviceJob for dnsmasq.service failed because the control process exited with error code.
See "systemctl status dnsmasq.service" and "journalctl -xeu dnsmasq.service" for details.

mobian@mobian:~$ systemctl status dnsmasq.service
× dnsmasq.service - dnsmasq - A lightweight DHCP and caching DNS server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/dnsmasq.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Thu 2022-05-26 08:35:08 UTC; 41s ago
    Process: 2050 ExecStartPre=/etc/init.d/dnsmasq checkconfig (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
    Process: 2055 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/dnsmasq systemd-exec (code=exited, status=2)
        CPU: 136ms
I am not going to proceed to finish the settings until I can get dnsmasq to load, I recall seeing that this is a problem for USB cable network bridging too, in the network FAQ they use IP tables like we did on the pinephone' but I want an easy to use mobile ready GUI or automagic solution for PAN; at least as good a solution as the WiFi hotspot which PAN surpasses in utility for regular mobile data users.
dnsmasq isn't bridging software - it's a local dns server/cache that can also serve dhcp.
(05-26-2022, 03:59 AM)wibble Wrote: dnsmasq isn't bridging software - it's a local dns server/cache that can also serve dhcp.

I know I have made the scripted bridging by iptables in the past, I thought I had read a document stating dnsmasq had extended capabilities required by blueman to do the bridging.  I have not even tried to go further until I have it working as we need to get that IP handed out to BT NAP clients and I dont want to do too much hand hacking this time.

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