About dbus watch functions

Simon McVittie simon.mcvittie at collabora.co.uk
Mon Jul 11 01:55:09 PDT 2011

On Mon, 11 Jul 2011 at 15:48:38 +0800, Weng Xuetian wrote:
> I'd like to use simplest select() to write a multi-thread dbus
> program. It has multi event source (including dbus), all event will
> be processed under their own thread, and all thread might send dbus
> message out.

You'd make life much easier for yourself if you do all interaction with
D-Bus in one thread (either your main thread, as is traditional with
dbus-glib, or a dedicated D-Bus thread, as is done internally by GDBus)
and never block that thread (except in a select(), poll() or equivalent
that includes the D-Bus fd).

(You'd also make life much easier for yourself if you use a well-known
main loop implementation, like GLib's GSource/GMainContext/GMainLoop
or Qt's QCoreApplication.)

If you insist on using D-Bus from several threads, you are likely to encounter
threading-related bugs, which are often difficult to diagnose, such as:


Patches to fix any of those bugs would be appreciated!

> Should I care about add_function and other callback being called
> again while the program is running?

Yes, they can be called while dispatching the DBusConnection.

> Since there is a main loop
> thread poll for dbus fd, if it is blocked, add or remove watcher
> will not be possible.

If you provide a wakeup_main function, it will be called; you could write
through a pipe-to-self to wake up your main thread?


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