RFCOMM_SPPD(1) FreeBSD General Commands Manual RFCOMM_SPPD(1)


rfcomm_sppdRFCOMM Serial Port Profile daemon


rfcomm_sppd [ -bhS] -a address -c channel [ -t tty]


The rfcomm_sppd utility is a Serial Port Profile daemon. It can operate in two modes: client and server.

In client mode, rfcomm_sppd opens RFCOMM connection to the specified address server and channel. Once connection is established, the rfcomm_sppd utility provides access to the server's remote serial port via stdin/stdout or via pty(4) interface if -t option was specified.

If the -S option is specified, rfcomm_sppd will operate in server mode and act as RFCOMM server, listening on ANY address and advertising a virtual serial port via the sdpd(8) daemon. If -t options was specified, the server side of the virtual serial port is attached to the pseudo-terminal tty. Otherwise the virtual serial port is attached to the stdin/stdout. rfcomm_sppd should be run as root in order to communicate with sdpd(8) in this case.

The rfcomm_sppd utility opens both master and slave pseudo terminals. This is done to ensure that RFCOMM connection stays open until rfcomm_sppd is terminated. The data received from the master pseudo terminal are sent over the RFCOMM connection. The data received from the RFCOMM connection are written into master pseudo terminal. The application in its turn opens the slave pseudo terminal and operates on it just like it would operate over the standard serial port.

The options are as follows:

-a address
In client mode, this required option specifies the address of the remote RFCOMM server. If this option is specified in server mode, rfcomm_sppd will only accept connections from the Bluetooth device with address address. The address can be specified as BD_ADDR or name. If name was specified then rfcomm_sppd utility will attempt to resolve the name via bt_gethostbyname(3).
Detach from the controlling terminal, i.e., run in background.
-c channel
In both client and server mode, this option specifies the RFCOMM channel to connect to or listen on. In server mode, the channel should be a number between 1 and 30. If not specified, rfcomm_sppd will try to bind to “wildcard” RFCOMM channel number. The actual RFCOMM channel will be obtained via getsockname(2) call and will be used to register Serial Port service with sdpd(8). In client mode, the channel could either be a number between 1 and 30 or a service name. Supported service names are: DUN (for DialUp Networking service), FAX (for Fax service), LAN (for LAN Access Using PPP service) and SP (for Serial Port service). If channel was not specified then rfcomm_sppd utility will try to obtain RFCOMM channel for Serial Port service via Service Discovery Protocol from the server.
Display usage message and exit.
Server mode; see DESCRIPTION.
-t tty
Slave pseudo tty name. If not set stdin/stdout will be used. This option is required if -b option was specified.


master pseudo terminals
slave pseudo terminals


The rfcomm_sppd utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.


rfcomm_sppd -a 00:01:02:03:04:05 -c 1 -t /dev/ttyp1

Will start the rfcomm_sppd utility and open RFCOMM connection to the server at 00:01:02:03:04:05 and channel 1. Once the connection has been established, /dev/ttyp1 can be used to talk to the remote serial port on the server.


Maksim Yevmenkin <m_evmenkin@yahoo.com>


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April 21, 2008 FreeBSD