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I am using Dell Inspiron 3501 running Ubuntu 20.04. In an effort to install blueman I have installed and reinstalled several packages. Well I got to the point where bluetooth has failed fatally with the following errors:

$ systemctl status bluetooth

Bluetooth management interface 1.18 initialized
bluetoothd[910]: Endpoint registered: sender=:1.45 path=/MediaEndpoint/A2DPSink/sbc
bluetoothd[910]: Endpoint registered: sender=:1.45 path=/MediaEndpoint/A2DPSource/sbc
bluetoothd[910]: connect error: Permission denied (13)
bluetoothd[910]: connect error: Too many levels of symbolic links (40)
bluetoothd[910]: connect error: Too many levels of symbolic links (40)
bluetoothd[910]: connect error: Permission denied (13)
bluetoothd[910]: connect error: Device or resource busy (16)
bluetoothd[910]: connect error: Too many levels of symbolic links (40)
bluetoothd[910]: connect error: Too many levels of symbolic links (40)

I just finished doing a timeshift restore hoping that would fix my issue and it did not. I just restarted the bluetooth service and now I am getting the following errors:
systemd[1]: Starting Bluetooth service...
bluetoothd[19985]: Bluetooth daemon 5.53
systemd[1]: Started Bluetooth service.
bluetoothd[19985]: Starting SDP server
bluetoothd[19985]: Bluetooth management interface 1.18 initialized
bluetoothd[19985]: Failed to set mode: Blocked through rfkill (0x12)
bluetoothd[19985]: Endpoint registered: sender=:1.45 path=/MediaEndpoint/A2DPSink/sbc
bluetoothd[19985]: Endpoint registered: sender=:1.45 path=/MediaEndpoint/A2DPSource/sbc
bluetoothd[19985]: Failed to set mode: Blocked through rfkill (0x12)

I just ran: $ lsmod | grep -i blu

bluetooth 630784 41 btrtl,btintel,btbcm,bnep,btusb,rfcomm
ecdh_generic 16384 1 bluetooth

$ rfkill list all

0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
1: hci0: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no

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  • Please start with OS & release details.
    – guiverc
    Aug 21, 2021 at 23:39
  • You usually need to add sudo before any systemctl commands.
    – Nmath
    Aug 21, 2021 at 23:41
  • well I didn't need to use sudo for this, I am not sure if have ever used sudo for this command on my machine
    – user1383491
    Aug 21, 2021 at 23:50
  • What is the output of lsmod | grep -i blu please? Edit your question and add it to the bottom. Aug 22, 2021 at 4:30
  • @darth_epoxy I have posted the command and the output in the question.
    – user1383491
    Aug 22, 2021 at 16:20

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So it seems to be fixed:

$ sudo rfkill unblock bluetooth

I was able to connect to my headset and it works!!!

I also was able to transfer files from my wife's laptop. Whoo HOO!!!

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