I try to compile bluez-utils-3.36, but after a try to configure the package, the error message: configure: error: Bluetooth library is required appeared.

The problem: i am not allowed to update or install anything on this machine, only compile. So i think the only way is to point at the libraries. So i wrote ./configure -help and found two Options:

  BLUEZ_CFLAGS    C compiler flags for BLUEZ, overriding pkg-config

  BLUEZ_LIBS      linker flags for BLUEZ, overriding pkg-config

So i added them to my command and complemented the path:

./configure --prefix=/home/black/test/ltib/rootfs BLUEZ_CFLAGS=-I~/home/black/test/bluetooth/bluez-libs-3.36/include BLUEZ_LIBS="-L~/home/black/test/bluetooth/bluez-libs-3.36/src/.libs -lbluetooth"

Now it worked with no errors.

But if i execute the command make then i get alot of errors, e.g.:

glib-helper.c:34:33: error: bluetooth/bluetooth.h: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden
glib-helper.c:35:30: error: bluetooth/rfcomm.h: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden
glib-helper.c:36:29: error: bluetooth/l2cap.h: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden
glib-helper.c:37:27: error: bluetooth/sco.h: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden
glib-helper.c:38:27: error: bluetooth/sdp.h: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden
glib-helper.c:39:31: error: bluetooth/sdp_lib.h: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden

Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden is german and means: folder or file not found

How can i solve this?

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    [DISCLAIMER: I don't know whether bluez-libs-3.36 is compatible with bluez-5.33] Did you actually make and install bluez-libs-3.36, or just unpack the archive? Although it appears to contain the bluetooth headers, they are not within an appropriate directory structure <prefix>/include/bluetooth/. You should be able to install it in your home directory by specifying --prefix=$HOME to the configure script. Then you can tell the bluez configure script to look in $HOME for bluetooth: either via the indicated variables or by setting PKG_CONFIG_PATH to include $HOME/lib/pkgconfig/ Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 14:12
  • Im sorry, i made a mistake, i confused``bluez-5.33` with bluez-utils-3.36 i changed it in the question. No i did not make or install. I am not allowed to install anything, thats the problem.
    – Black
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 6:40

2 Answers 2


I think there is a problem with the paths you are supplying to the configure command:

./configure --prefix=/home/black/test/ltib/rootfs \
BLUEZ_CFLAGS=-I~/home/black/test/bluetooth/bluez-libs-3.36/include \
BLUEZ_LIBS="-L~/home/black/test/bluetooth/bluez-libs-3.36/src/.libs -lbluetooth"

When the ~ character has not preceding whitespace, it doesn't expand to the path to your home directory. Consider the output of:

$ echo  -I~/foo


$ echo  -I ~/foo
-I /home/lars/foo

You can simply replace ~ with $HOME. Even with that fix, your paths look suspect:


Assuming that your username is black, this would expand to:


Which seems likely to be incorrect.

Try fixing the -I and -L paths and re-running configure.

  • Thank you very much, i did not knew this. I changed it like this: -L~/test/bluetooth/... but it still won't compile, same errors. I compiled the glib Package and got a file called libglib-2.0.so. Can i instruct the Makefile somehow to use it? I have to tell the compiler somehow where to find these missing files. Any ideas?
    – Black
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 12:54
  • I mean Linker, not compiler, sry.
    – Black
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 6:24

I found the solution by myselve. Copy the folder "include" from bluez-libs-3.36 and move the copy to bluez-utils-3.36\common. Then rename the copied folder from "include" to "bluetooth". Now it should compile without errors.

  • Thx to larsks for helping me with the path problem
    – Black
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 8:53
  • cd bluez-libs-3.36/common ; ln -s ../include bluetooth Commented Aug 31, 2018 at 10:27

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