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Bluetooth Menulet -- Create Diagnostics Report System
Works in 10.6 and 10.7. Requires a Mac with Bluetooth (probably built-in Bluetooth).

A follow up to the two-year-old hint 10.6: See new functions on various menu bar icons. If you Option-Click the Bluetooth Menulet, you get an option to 'Create Diagnostics Report on Desktop.'

I always assumed this was just the Bluetooth Diagnostics report, but when I clicked it, it created a ZIP on the Desktop:

This file is far more useful than I suspected. It contains:
  • kernel.log
  • PacketLoggerBluetoothTraceFile.pklg
  • system.log
  • system.log.0.bz2
  • SystemProfilerReport.spx
This is all in one neat Zip file, in two clicks from the Desktop. It's worth it for the System Profiler Report, System Log and Crash Reports alone.

Perfect for sending to a Service Provider or engineer for diagnosis.

[crarko adds: This is really handy. I've used it myself to help in trying to debug an iOS app I was working on, that used Bluetooth within the Simulator.]
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Bluetooth Menulet -- Create Diagnostics Report
Authored by: designr on Aug 31, '11 10:33:39AM

Does not appear to work in 10.6.6.

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Bluetooth Menulet -- Create Diagnostics Report
Authored by: ligria on Sep 01, '11 02:51:00AM

I think you must have the Developer/Xcode package. Download from app store in Lion. In Snow Leopard it's in the DVD. If you don't happen to have it, it's a large download. first links -->

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Bluetooth Menulet -- Create Diagnostics Report
Authored by: aardvarko on Sep 02, '11 11:54:59AM

I have Xcode and this option doesn't show up in 10.6. There's "Open Bluetooth Diagnostics Utility," but it doesn't seem to offer the functionality described in this hint.

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Bluetooth Menulet -- Create Diagnostics Report
Authored by: Accident on Feb 15, '12 01:41:27AM


I'm sorry this didn't work for you.
I have only tested in on 10.6.8 basic installation - no Xcode etc., and on all versions of 10.7 - with and without Xcode.

I'm not sure when this option appeared, but it didn't seem to be on 10.5 on my PowerBook (with built-in Bluetooth).

I tested again today on a clean installation of 10.6.8 on a MacBook Pro mid-2009 and the option is there as long as I option-click (alt-click in many countries) the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar.

I can't think why this might appear on some installations and not others. I originally left this hint as I couldn't find any other mention of it online and it seemed to be useful in some cases - particularly for those of us who have to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair Macs for a living or with any regularity.

I hope it works for some people other than Craig (crarko).

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