Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 863883
RFE: support bluetooth keyboards in initrd and early boot
Last modified: 2015-12-09 02:49:27 EST
Description of problem:
Setups using bluetooth keyboards do not work. Unable to get past decrypt screen.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 17 x86/64
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 17 with encrypted partition
2. Enable bluetooth keyboard
Once rebooted, the system starts Fedora, but runs into the encrypted partition, so throws up a password screen to unlock. However, typing in the password to unlock the partition fails, as the keyboard is not recognized as an inport device.
Being able to use the bluetooth keyboard to enter the necessary text to decrypt the drive.
Setup hardware is as per:
This sounds like it would need fixed before it gets to systemd - whether in dracut or in the kernel configuration itself to always include enough to set up bluetooth keyboards.
Aye. That's "input device."
I'm not quite sure where to put it, but if you think this is a dracut or kernel bug feel free to re-assign it. I don't think this is a bluetooth issue, as the keyboard is recognized after log-in no problem. It's just an ordering issue.
This is particularly painful for me as RSI-approved setup is laptop in desk holder + bluetooth keyboard on keyboard tray. Standard operating procedure on boot is to unpack laptop, type in decrypt, pack laptop, hook in bluetooth keyboard. It works but is annoying.
Still an issue F18, adjusted subject
Cannot do CSB + bluetooth keyboard without this.
Making this work is not going to be easy.
bluez would have to become an early-boot service, i.e. cannot depend on /var being around.
AFAIK bluez stores its bondings in /var however, and right-fully so. Not sure how we could fix that.
Also, whenever we make a new kbd bonding we'd have to rebuild the initrd, so that the initrd knows about that. That doesn't sounds like fun either...
This all makes me shiver a bit.
Thanks for your commentary Lennart.
This is a pet peeve of mine, as I find bluetooth keyboards much easier to fit into purpose-built ergonomic setups. (My current setup is a humanscale laptop stand that hides the keyboard, which I then use with a bluetooth keyboard.)
Ie, something like:
See how it hides the laptop's keyboard?
Since there's been some recent discussion of keyboard issues on fedora-devel, I thought I'd try to mark this up.
Allowing wireless keyboards the same capabilities as wired keyboards is admittedly a re-think on keyboard support, and is unquestionably an enhancement.
Does this imply support for bluetooth mice at bootup as well? Or just at login screen?
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This happens with F18, F19, F20. Probably more, but I haven't checked those.
This was working initially for me on F21, I was able to type in my encryption password using my Bluetooth keyboard. After updating on 3/21/15 I am no longer able to use my Bluetooth keyboard. I now have to have use a separate USB keyboard to enter my encryption password