Synchronous calls to the same mainloop

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Fri Nov 10 11:40:53 PST 2006

keith preston wrote:
>I guess I don't see a good use case of Process A synchronously calls
> Process B who in the middle of the call synchronously calls Process A. 

Unfortunately, this is a very common programming practice in KDE. DCOP had 
protection against this kind of "deadlock".

It's worse when process A calls process B, which calls process C which in 
turn calls process A. This also happened in KDE and was also protected in 

Both protections are now dropped in D-Bus. We considered that adding this 
kind of deadlock prevention only solved simple cases. Anything more 
complex still went by undetected during development and ended up showing 
up after release. So, by not trying to detect these deadlocks (simply 
blocking the entire application(s) if it happens) should make it easier 
for the programmer to see the issue and fix it before release.

> I'm really not focused on solving all
> synchronous blocking problems because that seems generally impossible,
> just the case of a Process wanting to use DBus to Synchronously call
> itself.

QtDBus already does this by providing option #1 from your original email. 
I am not certain it would be more efficient to have it in libdbus, 
performance-wise. But at least for completeness, I agree it should.

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