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=== Help ===
=== Help ===

Revision as of 19:02, 30 September 2012

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DBUS is a GNU library that implements inter-process communication. It's the default library of this kind for GNU applications.

This library provides a simple way for applications to talk to one another, using a bus sytem. These headers are the translation of the low-level C API for DBUS. In the future it is desirable that these headers be wrapped around a class to make their use easier.

Common Code

Independently from what you want to achieve, a lot of the code for a software that uses DBUS will be very similar. This is the startup and finalization code. On the startup you need to connect to the bus. Usually there is a system and a session bus. Depending on the configuration of the system you may not have access to the system bus. Next you need to request a name on the bus. Below is a simple startup code.

  err: DBusError;
  conn: PDBusConnection;
  ret: cint;
  { Initializes the errors }
  { Connection }
  conn := dbus_bus_get(DBUS_BUS_SESSION, @err);

  if dbus_error_is_set(@err) <> 0 then
    WriteLn('Connection Error: ' + err.message);
  if conn = nil then Exit;
  { Request the name of the bus }
  ret := dbus_bus_request_name(conn, 'test.method.server', DBUS_NAME_FLAG_REPLACE_EXISTING, @err);

  if dbus_error_is_set(@err) <> 0 then
    WriteLn('Name Error: ' + err.message);


When you no longer need the bus you should close the connection. A good place to do this in most cases is right before the application terminates.

  { Finalization }

Sending a Signal

Receiving a Signal

Calling a Method

Responding to Method calls


Felipe Monteiro de Carvalho



Status: Beta


The FPC package for DBUS resides in packages/dbus in the FPC (2.2.2/2.3.x+) packages tree.

You can download the subversion version of this project using this command: <bash> svn checkout http://svn.freepascal.org/svn/fpc/trunk/packages/dbus dbus </bash>

You can also download a full FPC 2.2.2+/2.3.1 repository and it will be included.

Bug Reporting

Tests are necessary to verify if all functions and structures are declared properly. Tests were done on Windows, FreeBSD and Linux operating systems. It is necessary to test if the modules work correctly in other operating system.

You can post Bug Reports here:

      • to do: add location if it is not standard mantis***

Change Log

  • ??.??.06 DBus headers version 0.1
  1. Under construction
  • 03.11.2010 Updated DBus headers to version 1.2.16


Please send help requests to the Free Pascal mailling list or on apache-modules mailing list.

External Links

  • [1] - A Tutorial about using the DBUS C API