BTHCID(8)               NetBSD System Manager's Manual               BTHCID(8)

     bthcid -- Bluetooth Link Key/PIN Code Manager

     bthcid [-fn] [-d device] [-m mode] [-s socket_name]
     bthcid [-h]

     The bthcid daemon handles Link Key and PIN code requests for Bluetooth
     devices.  It opens a raw HCI socket and listens for the following HCI

           bthcid scans the /var/db/bthcid.keys file for a cached link key
           matching the remote device BD_ADDR and, if found, the
           Link_Key_Request_Reply will be sent back to the device, otherwise
           the Link_Key_Request_Negative_Reply will be sent.

           When a new link key is created by the device, it will be cached for
           future use in the /var/db/bthcid.keys link keys file, which will be
           created if it does not already exist.

           The bthcid daemon checks its PIN cache for a matching remote device
           entry.  If no PIN is found, the bthcid daemon will send a message
           to any PIN clients that have registered, with the device details
           and a timeout value.  When no clients are available or the timeout
           has expired, bthcid will send a PIN_Code_Request_Negative_Reply
           back to the device.  When a PIN is found, or if a client responds
           within the timeout period, a PIN_Code_Request_Reply will be sent
           back to the device.

           PINs received from clients will be cached for 5 minutes until used,
           and may be added to the cache prior to pairing with the btpin(1)

     Some of the functionality of bthcid can be handled by the Bluetooth con-
     troller directly, and cached Link Keys may be examined, deleted or moved
     to device storage using the btkey(1) program.

     The command line options are as follows:

     -d device
           Specify the local Bluetooth device address.  The default is

     -f    Run in foreground (do not detach).

     -h    Display usage message and exit.

     -m    Specify the file mode access bits for the PIN client socket.  The
           default is to allow readwrite access to user and group (0660).

     -n    Do not listen for PIN clients.

     -s socket_name
           Specify the socket name to listen on for PIN clients.  The default
           path is /var/run/bthcid.


     btkey(1), btpin(1), bluetooth(4), btconfig(8)

     The bthcid daemon first appeared in FreeBSD 5.3 as hcsecd.  It was ported
     to NetBSD 4.0 with its present name and extended to support PIN clients
     by Iain Hibbert under the sponsorship of Itronix, Inc.

     Maksim Yevmenkin <>
     Iain Hibbert

NetBSD 8.1                    September 29, 2006                    NetBSD 8.1

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