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So, on this Dell Inspiron 7520, which is hardware-certified for 12.04, when I use the function keys to turn off/on the wifi, the wifi will "turn on" but be soft blocked.

Running rfkill unblock [interfacenumber] does correctly unblock the device.

Is there a way for the system to automatically run rfkill unblock [interfacenumber] to remove the soft block when the wifi card is reenabled by the function keys?


My question here, though, is different than the other already-asked questions about soft blocks that I could find, so please do not mark it as a duplicate. I am simply asking how to automate the unblocking process.


The device is not a Broadcom card, and never will be. That does not appear to be the source of the soft block when the function keys are pressed and the wifi card comes back up. From lspci:

08:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (rev c4)

Requested xev | grep key output from when I am using the hardware key(s) to turn off/on the wifi card:

% xev | grep key
    keys:  0   0   0   0   16  0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   
    state 0x0, keycode 36 (keysym 0xff0d, Return), same_screen YES,
    state 0x0, keycode 248 (keysym 0x0, NoSymbol), same_screen YES,
    state 0x0, keycode 248 (keysym 0x0, NoSymbol), same_screen YES,
    request MappingKeyboard, first_keycode 8, count 248
    state 0x0, keycode 246 (keysym 0x1008ff95, XF86WLAN), same_screen YES,
    state 0x0, keycode 246 (keysym 0x1008ff95, XF86WLAN), same_screen YES,
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Does xev | grep key give any output when you press the function key? –  Seth Jan 8 at 3:54
    
@Seth yes, xev | grep key does give output, and I've attached it. –  Thomas W. Jan 8 at 3:59
    
Install xte (package name is xautomation) and try running xte 'key 0x1008ff95'. Does it toggle your wifi? Doesn't have to fix the soft block, but I want to see if that's the right key. –  Seth Jan 8 at 4:01
    
@Seth no it does not. –  Thomas W. Jan 8 at 4:02
    
@Braiam I had this tagged for 12.04 because that's the version of Ubuntu I am using, is there a reason you're removing it and putting in shortcut-keys which is not applicable because I'm not trying to find a shortcut to do this but to automate this as part of the hardware switch process? (rolled back until you provide ample justification for your change) –  Thomas W. Jan 8 at 18:55

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