As topic says, after running apt update the OS (running Raspbian GNU/Linux 10 (buster) on kernel 5.10.52-v7+) wants me to update bluez and its dependencies. The version it's trying to update to is 5.50-1.2~deb10u2 - however, this process hangs every time when it reaches the stage "Setting up bluez (5.50-1.2~deb10u2)" and the only way to get anywhere is to press ctrl+c/ctrl+z and exit mid-update (unless this is supposed to take 60min++ and I've not shown enough patience yet....). And of course, after canceling mid-update it takes some time to clean up the mess left behind, which is annoying.

Anyone else experienced this with this specific update, or any suggestions to what I can check to why this happens? I have disabled the onboard bluetooth in the /boot/config.txt and use an ASUS USB-BT500 adapter instead, but I'd be surprised if having it configured this way should be the cause of this issue.

I can of course just put the update on hold with apt-mark but I'd prefer if there was a way to get it installed and have a more up-to-date bluez version.

1 Answer 1


After a lot of trying, failing and frustration, I ended up running sudo dpkg --force-depends -r bluez, which surprisingly finished without freezing, and after that I could install the newest update the usual way sudo apt install bluez, so all is good now.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.