Off-topic: D-Bus in the kernel

Havoc Pennington hp at
Fri Sep 17 08:47:28 PDT 2010


On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM, Alban Crequy
<alban.crequy at> wrote:
> No. It does the minimum parsing required to route the messages (header
> fields 'sender', 'destination', 'interface', etc.). There is no
> validation, except a few incomplete ones in the headers of the message.

OK. You have to set the sender header, for example, to be correct with
daemon semantics. (This is what I mean about the test suite.)

>> How much of the perf gain is due to different
>> behavior/semantics vs. avoiding the context switch and copies?
> I don't know, I need to test that. Is there an easy way to disable
> validation in dbus-daemon?

Yeah, there is a pretty easy code hack. in
dbus-message.c:load_message() change the validation mode set at the

This still won't disable header _parsing_ though which is itself a lot
slower than it should be in libdbus. The only performance thing
libdbus really gets right is that it avoids a lot of gratuitous
copying of the message.


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