[systemd-devel] DBus api of systemd user instance

Mantas Mikulėnas grawity at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 22:45:42 PST 2015

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 6:23 PM, Ragnar Thomsen <rthomsen6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey List,
> Does the user instance of systemd expose a dbus api?

Yes, that's what `systemctl` uses.

> If yes, how does one access it?

Much like the system instance – either over the DBus "user" bus, or over
the dedicated private socket ($XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/systemd/private).


Although, to have the "user" bus, you'll need to obtain user/dbus.service &
user/dbus.socket from somewhere.

They were added DBus 1.9 just a few weeks ago, but you can also get them
separately from https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Systemd/User#D-Bus.

...and then you might (or might not, I forgot) need to point user at .service
at it:

# system/user at .service.d/bus.conf


So you'll still need to use the private socket (at least as fallback), I

Mantas Mikulėnas <grawity at gmail.com>
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