Unable to determine the address of the message bus

Havoc Pennington hp at redhat.com
Sat Jan 28 22:42:35 PST 2006

On Sun, 2006-01-29 at 14:31 +1100, Rod Butcher wrote:
> [root at HYENA1 root]# dbus-launch
> DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS='unix:abstract=/tmp/dbus-FStk9jnJvk,guid=1d29dc431fe62f5da51df9e4bb2ee600'
> So the variable is set.

That doesn't mean it's set, you have to eval that output to get it set.
Use "printenv" to see what's set.

> I read further and discovered that I could launch the app by : 
> dbus-launch <appname> and Woot ! I now have gnome-screensaver running OK.
> Is this the usual way to run a program that accesses the message bus, or 
> does this mean I still have an incomplete environment ?

No, normally there's one bus for the entire X session, run when you log
in. If you run a separate dbus daemon for each app, things won't work
especially well (since the apps need to talk to each other, not each be
in their own little world)

> I start X by directly running gdm, which bypasses the xinit stuff.

Whoever packaged your gdm should have set it up to run dbus-daemon when
you log in.


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