[hllug] Re: Ubuntu 11.10, USB devices, and brltty

  • From: Lee Parmeter <admin@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: hllug@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:27:03 -0500

Thanks Cranz, might come in handy when I upgrade to 11.10!

On 10/26/2011 04:06 PM, C Nichols wrote:
I noticed this on one of my amateur radio reflectors.  Perhaps this
might help someone.

Meanest man on Emeralds Drive

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         Ubuntu 11.10, USB devices, and brltty
         Posted by: "Harry Bloomberg" hbloomb@******.com
         Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:07 pm (PDT)

         I recently upgraded one of my Dell Linux netbooks from Ubuntu
         11.04 to
         11.10. Much to my dismay I was not able to control my Icom
         IC-7200 using
         the USB port.

         After many emails to W1HKJ in which I made false accusations
         about a bug in
         Fldigi, I did some further research and found the following
         confirmed Ubuntu


         As near as I can tell from reading this bug, a Braille utility
         named brltty
         is grabbing the USB port and not allowing other applications to
         use the
         port. The proposed solution is to remove brltty. I did this and
         I can now
         control my IC-7200 again via USB.

         I suspect others having problems with USB control will have the
         same issue.
         So if you can't use your USB and you see a message in your
         kernel log about
         brltty attaching to your USB port, try removing brltty (unless
         of course
         you're blind and are actually using brltty).

         I think the default Ubuntu configuration should be to not run
         brltty. I'm
         all for accessibility in computing, but to quote Mr Spock, "The
         needs of
         the many outweigh the needs of the few."

         Harry Bloomberg W3YJ

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