Activation of services on system bus

Matt Hoosier matt.hoosier at
Sat Apr 28 09:07:57 PDT 2007

On 4/28/07, Havoc Pennington <hp at> wrote:
> Hi,
> Matt Hoosier wrote:
> > My installation is a completely vanilla D-Bus 1.0.1. I'm comfortable
> > with the resulting service process running as root, so I'm not worried
> > about whether the system-bus-activation-using-helper-process issue was
> > ever ironed out.
> You do need to be worried about that though ;-) because the bus does not
> run as root, it runs as a special user with no privileges.
> So basically system bus activation is not implemented and won't work.
> Havoc

Hmm, thanks Havoc. I'm almost certain that I heard the Nokia folks are
using some manner of auto-activated services that run on the system
bus (GConf, for example) for their n770/800 products. Does anybody
know whether some special hacks were applied to make that happen?


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