Set "Airplane Mode" On, Bluetooth still work properly .

Bug #1059449 reported by Alan.Chen on 2012-10-01
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
OEM Priority Project
Ara Pulido
Fix Released
gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
Canonical Desktop Team

Bug Description

Ubuntu version : 12.04

Enable "Airplane Mode" from System Setting --> Network .
Bluetooth can not be disabled and only disable WLAN.

Addition information :
The issue is similar as below .

== Request to backport to 12.04 LTS ==


 * Airplane mode goal is to switch off every radio signal that can conflict with the airplane functioning.
 * In gnome-control-center 3.4, only the Wifi is switched off, making the feature almost useless
 * 12.04 LTS is an LTS, and it is currently used for pre-installed Ubuntu projects, so this is currently affecting everyone buying a pre-installed Ubuntu system or running the latest LTS

[Test Case]

Steps to reproduce:

 * Switch on both wireless and bluetooth
 * Enable "Airplane Mode" under System Settings -> Network

Expected behaviour:

 * Both the wi-fi and bluetooth are switched off

Actual behaviour:

 * Only Wi-fi is switch off. The user can still use bluetooth devices

[Regression Potential]

This adds a new backend for airplane mode. Give it a good work out to check that everything is disabled and enabled when it should be.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

This was fixed in gnome-control-center 3.6.3 which has been uploaded to raring for Ubuntu 13.04.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in gnome-control-center:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Fix Released
Ara Pulido (ara) on 2013-07-15
Changed in oem-priority:
status: New → Confirmed
assignee: nobody → Ara Pulido (apulido)
Ara Pulido (ara) on 2013-07-15
description: updated
description: updated
Ara Pulido (ara) on 2013-07-15
Changed in oem-priority:
importance: Undecided → Medium
Franz Hsieh (franz-hsieh) wrote :


I have tried to apply the patch to 3.4.2 and got some errors:

franz@callisto:/tmp/gnome-cc/gnome-control-center-3.4.2$ patch -p1 < ~/Downloads/gnome-control-center.patch
patching file panels/network/
Hunk #1 succeeded at 31 (offset -14 lines).
patching file panels/network/cc-network-panel.c
Hunk #1 succeeded at 50 with fuzz 2 (offset 12 lines).
Hunk #2 succeeded at 84 (offset 15 lines).
Hunk #3 FAILED at 209.
Hunk #4 succeeded at 2300 (offset 1642 lines).
Hunk #5 succeeded at 3366 with fuzz 2 (offset 2344 lines).
Hunk #6 FAILED at 1094.
2 out of 6 hunks FAILED -- saving rejects to file panels/network/cc-network-panel.c.rej
patching file panels/network/rfkill-glib.c
patching file panels/network/rfkill-glib.h
patching file panels/network/rfkill.h

Ara Pulido (ara) on 2013-07-22
Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu Precise):
assignee: nobody → Canonical Desktop Team (canonical-desktop-team)
Franz Hsieh (franz-hsieh) wrote :

Here I attached a patch file for gnome-control-center 3.4.2
This patch is based on with some fixes. I have checked it makes bluetooth to be off in airplane mode.

Iain Lane (laney) on 2013-07-22
description: updated
Iain Lane (laney) wrote :

Uploaded with minor changes, thank you for the backport.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu Precise):
status: New → In Progress

Hello Alan.Chen, or anyone else affected,

Accepted gnome-control-center into precise-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested, and change the tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance!

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu Precise):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Ara Pulido (ara) on 2013-08-05
Changed in oem-priority:
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Nara Huang (narahuang) wrote :

Verified gnome-control-center 1:3.4.2-0ubuntu0.12 fixes this issue.

tags: added: cqa-verified
tags: added: verification-done
removed: cqa-verified
Ara Pulido (ara) on 2013-08-19
tags: removed: verification-needed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-control-center - 1:3.4.2-0ubuntu0.12

gnome-control-center (1:3.4.2-0ubuntu0.12) precise; urgency=low

  * Take upstream patch 7aef2fb307a9ff9c32fbe9dc6bc36e1eef5e72ab, backported
    to Precise by Franz Hsieh <email address hidden> to fix Airplane Mode
    hard enough to disable everything by using rfkill. (LP: #1059449)
 -- Iain Lane <email address hidden> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:44:07 +0100

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

The verification of this Stable Release Update has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regresssions.

Ara Pulido (ara) on 2013-09-02
Changed in oem-priority:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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