Perl Net::DBus Help and Documentation

Madison Kelly linux at
Tue Apr 8 13:47:59 PDT 2008

Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 05:47:59AM -0400, Madison Kelly wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>    I've been struggling off and on with the Net::DBus bindings for perl. 
>> I've had some success in using existing buses (HAL on system, 
>> specifically). Now though I am trying to have my program's daemon create 
>> a bus and register clients as objects when they connect and provide 
>> basic communication between server-side scripts and clients, via the 
>> daemon process. I've got the client/server communication in place, but I 
>> have not been able to get the DBus portion working.
>>    In the past, when I have struggled to learn something, I would write 
>> documentation, generally in the form of a *LUG presentation. I would 
>> like to do this for perl's Net::DBus bindings, both as a way to help me 
>> learn DBus better and as a way to contribute a How-To geared more to 
>> perl programmers who are quite new to the DBus concept.
> That sounds like a great idea.

Woohoo. :)

>>    Would anyone here be interested in helping me with this?
>>    All I need, more than anything, is help getting the most basic sample 
>> code working, and I can start building on that myself. I would need to 
>> only ask occasional questions when I go stuck. In turn, I would provide 
>> the How-To back to the community.
> I'm happy to advise / help out on anything that's unclear about the Perl
> bindings - either on this list, or 'danpb' / 'danpb_ltop'  on the DBus
> IRC channel.

I will jump in there tomorrow midday and see if you're on.

>>    Here are links to talks I have given on general storage and 
>> netfiltering with iptables:
>> (2002)
>> (2004)
>>    More as an example of my writing style; these are two papers on an 
>> old, deprecated versions of the program I am working on:
>> (2004)
>> (2005)
>>    I think DBus can offer some wonderful potential and I know I would 
>> personally have benefited from a more basic introduction to DBus coding. 
>> This is not in any way to disparage Mr. Berrange's Tutorials! I found 
>> though that they are probably more applicable to people who are already 
>> familiar with DBus and are just looking for info on the perl bindings.
> Yep, I certainly won't claim the tutorials are complete ! They do presume
> you know what the core dbus concepts are to a certain extent. And I only
> really did the one for exporting objects
> and never got free time to do the corresponding client one for using
> objects
>>    I hope to supplement Mr. Berrange's docs by creating a document that 
>> will gently easy a perl programmer who is new to DBus entirely into the 
>> Net::DBus bindings. :)
> If you want to have any of your docs included in the official Perl Net::DBus
> releases I'm only to happy to accept patches for the docs / extra tutorials.
> Either send them to this list, or to me directly & I'll apply them. The
> master source repo I use is published
> Regards,
> Dan.

Once I get enough done to warrant adding something, we can work out how 
to get it up then. For now, I need to start looking at my disorganized 
notes and start making them more coherent. When I catch you on IRC we 
can gab more.

Thanks for taking an interest, I look forward to adding what I can. :)

Madi (aka: Digimer on IRC/elsewhere)

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