Introduction to D-Bus

Even though D-Bus was built in LFS, there are some features provided by the package that other BLFS packages need, but their dependencies didn't fit into LFS.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.9 platform.

This package is known to build properly using the gcc-6 compiler.

Package Information

D-Bus Dependencies



For the tests: dbus-glib-0.106, D-Bus Python-1.2.4, PyGObject-2.28.6, and Valgrind-3.11.0; for documentation: Doxygen-1.8.11, xmlto-0.0.28, Ducktype, and Yelp Tools

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/dbus

Installation of D-Bus

Install D-Bus by running the following commands (you may wish to review the output from ./configure --help first and add any desired parameters to the configure command shown below):

./configure --prefix=/usr                  \
            --sysconfdir=/etc              \
            --localstatedir=/var           \
            --disable-doxygen-docs         \
            --disable-xml-docs             \
            --disable-static               \
            --with-console-auth-dir=/run/console/ \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/dbus-1.10.8   &&

See below for test instructions.



Installing the package will override all files installed by D-Bus in LFS. It is critical that nothing uses D-Bus libraries or programs during the installation. The best way to ensure that these libraries are not being used is to run the installation in rescue mode. To switch to rescue mode, run the following command as the root user (from a TTY):

systemctl start rescue.target

Now, as the root user:

make install

The shared library needs to be moved to /lib, and as a result the .so file in /usr/lib will need to be recreated. Run the following command as the root user:

mv -v /usr/lib/libdbus-1.so.* /lib
ln -sfv ../../lib/$(readlink /usr/lib/libdbus-1.so) /usr/lib/libdbus-1.so

If you are using a DESTDIR install, dbus-daemon-launch-helper needs to be fixed afterwards. Issue, as root user:

chown -v root:messagebus /usr/libexec/dbus-daemon-launch-helper &&
chmod -v      4750       /usr/libexec/dbus-daemon-launch-helper

If not in chroot, at this point, you should reload the systemd daemon, and reenter multi-user mode with the following commands (as the root user):

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl start multi-user.target

The dbus tests cannot be run until after dbus-glib-0.106 has been installed. They must be run as an unprivileged user from a local session with bus address. Tests fail through ssh. If you want to run only the unit tests, replace, below, --enable-tests by --enable-embedded-tests, otherwise, D-Bus Python-1.2.4 has to be installed, before. The tests require passing additional parameters to configure and exposing additional functionality in the binaries. These interfaces are not intended to be used in a production build of D-Bus. If you would like to run the tests, issue the following commands (for the tests, you don't need to build the docs):

make distclean                     &&
./configure --enable-tests         \
            --enable-asserts       \
            --disable-doxygen-docs \
            --disable-xml-docs     &&
make                               &&
make check

The “estimated disk space required” reported above is obtained in a build using the switches disabling documents generation. This and the use of the make distclean command implies that the build directory size is smaller than the one for a full build with documents generated. There are two errors, for unknown reasons.

There has been a report that the tests may fail if running inside a Midnight Commander shell. You may get out-of-memory error messages when running the tests. These are normal and can be safely ignored.

Command Explanations

--disable-doxygen-docs: This switch disables doxygen documentation build and install, if you have doxygen installed. If doxygen is installed, and you wish to build them, remove this parameter.

--disable-xml-docs: This switch disables html documentation build and install, if you have xmlto installed. If xmlto is installed, and you wish to build them, remove this parameter.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--with-console-auth-dir=/run/console/: This parameter specifies location of the ConsoleKit auth dir.

--enable-tests: Build extra parts of the code to support all tests. Configure will end with a NOTE warning about increased size of libraries and decreased security.

--enable-embedded-tests: Build extra parts of the code to support only unit tests. Configure will end with a NOTE warning about increased size of libraries and decreased security.

--enable-asserts: Enable debugging code to run assertions for statements normally assumed to be true. This prevents a warning that '--enable-tests' on its own is only useful for profiling and might not give true results for all tests, but adds its own NOTE that this should not be used in a production build.

Configuring D-Bus

Config Files

/etc/dbus-1/session.conf, /etc/dbus-1/system.conf and /etc/dbus-1/system.d/*

Configuration Information

The configuration files listed above should probably not be modified. If changes are required, you should create /etc/dbus-1/session-local.conf and/or /etc/dbus-1/system-local.conf and make any desired changes to these files.

If any packages install a D-Bus .service file outside of the standard /usr/share/dbus-1/services directory, that directory should be added to the local session configuration. For instance, /usr/local/share/dbus-1/services can be added by performing the following commands as the root user:

cat > /etc/dbus-1/session-local.conf << "EOF"
<!DOCTYPE busconfig PUBLIC
 "-//freedesktop//DTD D-BUS Bus Configuration 1.0//EN"

  <!-- Search for .service files in /usr/local -->


D-Bus Session Daemon

There are many methods you can use to start a session daemon using the dbus-launch command. Review the dbus-launch man page for details about the available parameters and options. Here are some suggestions and examples:

  • Add dbus-launch to the line in the ~/.xinitrc file that starts your graphical desktop environment.

  • If you use xdm or some other display manager that calls the ~/.xsession file, you can add dbus-launch to the line in your ~/.xsession file that starts your graphical desktop environment. The syntax would be similar to the example in the ~/.xinitrc file.

  • The examples shown previously use dbus-launch to specify a program to be run. This has the benefit (when also using the --exit-with-session parameter) of stopping the session daemon when the specified program is stopped. You can also start the session daemon in your system or personal startup scripts by adding the following lines:

    # Start the D-Bus session daemon
    eval `dbus-launch`

    This method will not stop the session daemon when you exit your shell, therefore you should add the following line to your ~/.bash_logout file:

    # Kill the D-Bus session daemon
  • A hint has been written that provides ways to start scripts using the KDM session manager of KDE. The concepts in this hint could possibly be used with other session managers as well. The hint is located at http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/hints/downloads/files/execute-session-scripts-using-kdm.txt.


A list of the installed files, along with their short descriptions can be found at ../../../../lfs/view/systemd/chapter06/dbus.html#contents-dbus.

Last updated on 2016-06-05 00:57:10 -0500