Solved (was Re: Bluetooth: pand: Connection failed. File exists(17))

Geoff Shang geoff at
Sat Apr 1 18:45:27 UTC 2006

Geoff Shang wrote:

> When I try to connect from the panu, I get the following:
> Mar 10 18:35:46 data pand[16077]: Connection failed. File exists(17)

This was a case of brain failure on my part.  I failed to understand that 
pand merely instructs the kernel and the hardware, rather than actually 
maintain the connections.  This is unlike PPPd, for example.  So a PAN 
connection will remain even if PANd is shut down.

The reason why I was getting the error is that I was trying to create a 
connection that already existed.  I was able to verify this with "pand -l".

I admit that the somewhat unhelpful error message had me chasing red 
herrings for awhile.

Thanks to those of you who, through your suggestions, nudged me in the 
right direction.


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