My phone's bluetooth is displayed dozens of times under the network list (wifi icon)

Bug #1551515 reported by teo1978 on 2016-03-01
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
network-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I can hardly even start describing how screwed up this is.
Have a look at the screenshot.

I had seen this before and hadn't even realized that "XT1039 Network" repeated like 37 times had something to do with my own Android phone, a motorola Moto G. Needless to say I have only one.

Out of curiosity I clicked on one of "them" (thinking this was some neighboor's device, obviously suspecting it was just one device repeated several times because of a bug), and then my phone vibrated prompting me whether to accept the connection from the computer.

Which I did. As a result, the bluetooth indicator next to the network indicator showed a lock icon for a fraction of a second, which immediately disappeared. I guess that means that the computer and the phone peered via bluetooth for a few instants. At the same time, the wifi icon started animating (as if the computer was connecting to a wifi network... or a network of any kind I guess, since the same stupidly designed wifi-like animation is used when connecting to LAN via an ethernet cable). After that, the small lock below the bluetooth icon disappeared, the wifi icon stopped animating and went back to its normal "connected" status (I was previously and still connected to my home router's wifi network), and a baloon saying "Disconnected [NL] Network" appeared and disappeared.

Then I repeated the test several times with the same result, except that the phone didn't prompt me any more to accept the connection.

This is totally screwed up in several ways.

First, there's no reason "XT1039 Network" should be listed AT ALL together with wifi and ethernet networks. What kind of "network" is it supposed to be?? Of course I have not turned on bluetooth tethering on the phone, and bluetooth connection to the phone is already available under the bluetooth indicator.

If it makes any sense at all to show the mobile device as a "network" alongside with wifi and cable networks because, well, bluetooth is a network as well, then
1) the list of bluetooth "networks" should have a header, just like "wifi networks" and "ethernet network". Right now, there is just a list of networks that you don't know what kind they are
2) the device should be only listed once, not 37 times
3) I also suspect the 3 items called just "network" are related
4) If it is there at all, it must work. What is it supposed to do? The same as unfolding the menu under the Bluetooth indicator, hovering on the device there (which is listed only once there) and turning on the "Connection" switch? That one does work. This one (in the list of networks) doesn't. And if it is supposed to do something different, it's clearly failing as well.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.10
Package: network-manager 1.0.4-0ubuntu5.2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.2.0-30.36-generic 4.2.8-ckt3
Uname: Linux 4.2.0-30-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.19.1-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Tue Mar 1 03:29:50 2016
 # interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
 auto lo
 iface lo inet loopback
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-10-11 (871 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130424)
 default via dev wlan0 proto static metric 600 dev wlan0 scope link metric 1000 dev wlan0 proto kernel scope link src metric 600
SourcePackage: network-manager
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to wily on 2016-01-18 (42 days ago)
modified.conffile..etc.NetworkManager.NetworkManager.conf: [modified]
mtime.conffile..etc.NetworkManager.NetworkManager.conf: 2015-02-20T16:52:59.722501
nmcli-nm: Error: command ['nmcli', '-f', 'all', 'nm'] failed with exit code 2: Error: Object 'nm' is unknown, try 'nmcli help'.

teo1978 (teo8976) wrote :
summary: - My phone's bluetooth is displayed dozens of times under the
- wifi/network list
+ My phone's bluetooth is displayed dozens of times under the network
+ list (wifi icon)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in network-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
teo1978 (teo8976) wrote :

Forgot the attachment

Changed in network-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → High
teo1978 (teo8976) wrote :

For fuck's sake is this how long it takes to fix high-importance bugs??

Still an issue.

teo1978 (teo8976) wrote :

Still an issue in 20.04.

Fucking unbelievable.

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