Scripting Bluetooth transfers to my phone

Want to send the latest podcast, or movie, or whatever, to your phone – automatically – and find it there, waiting, in the morning? And whatever software you are using doesn’t quite do it? Here’s the trick (for Linux):

let dp1=$(date +%d)+1
curl$(date +%Y/%m/%d)/${dp1}frontpage-p.mp3 \
-o nyt-frontpage.mp3 && obexftp -b 00:11:22:33:44:55 \
-p nyt-frontpage.mp3 && rm -f nyt-frontpage.mp3

where 00:11:22:33:44:55 is the BT address (which you can find, for instance, if you already connected using (KDE) GUI tools at /var/lib/bluetooth/names).

Works like a charm.


  1. Lars - 5 July 2008 @ 22:49

    OK, not quite, as the astute readers might have guessed: the above won’t work on weekends for the NYT, it won’t work when the month ends, and it won’t work as-is for days 01-08 – so it really only works for 3 weeks each month… But you get the drift.

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