Tethering iPhone 5.1 on Ubuntu 11.10

This blog site already features an note on tethering the iPhone to Ubuntu (http://www.bitsbythepound.com/tethering-iphone-on-ubuntu-11-04-397.html). However, since upgrading to iOS 5.1, when the iPhone is connected to the Ubuntu platform, an error is reported stating that “Unhandled Error Lockdown”.

This note applies to:

  • Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric)
  • iPhone 5.1


The solution offered by this note is to:

  • Install the package repository offered by Paul McEnery
  • Adjust the package repository to be picked up in oneiric
  • Install the necessary packages from the repository
  • Configure

Install Package Repository from Paul McEnery

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa

Adjust Package Repository for use in Oneiric

I applaud the work done by Paul McEnery in providing us the tools to use the iPhone. Unfortunately, the package repository is not available for Ubuntu 11.10. On the other hand, the package repository for Natty (11.04) seems to work just fine for Oneiric. In this step, the package list is modified to point to the Natty version.

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pmcenery-ppa-oneiric.list

While editing the file, replace “oneiric” to “natty” and save again. The resulting file should look something like:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pmcenery/ppa/ubuntu natty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/pmcenery/ppa/ubuntu natty main

Install Necessary Packages

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install  ifuse libimobiledevice2 libimobiledevice-utils


The first step of configuration is to tether the iPhone to the platform using the USB connector. Then, run the following command:

idevicepair unpair && idevicepair pair

Finally, unplug and re-connect the iPhone. The error should not be reported. Instead, all services from the iPhone should be available.

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