dbus-daemon

       dbus-daemon

       dbus-daemon [--version] [--session] [--system] [--config-file=FILE]
                   [--print-address [=DESCRIPTOR]] [--print-pid [=DESCRIPTOR]]
                   [--fork]

DESCRIPTION
       dbus-daemon is the D-Bus message bus daemon. See
       http://www.freedesktop.org/software/dbus/ for more information about
       the big picture. D-Bus is first a library that provides one-to-one
       communication between any two applications; dbus-daemon is an
       application that uses this library to implement a message bus daemon.
       Multiple programs connect to the message bus daemon and can exchange
       messages with one another.

       There are two standard message bus instances: the systemwide message
       bus (installed on many systems as the "messagebus" init service) and
       the per-user-login-session message bus (started each time a user logs
       in).  dbus-daemon is used for both of these instances, but with a
       different configuration file.

       The --session option is equivalent to
       "--config-file=/usr/share/dbus-1/session.conf" and the --system option
       is equivalent to "--config-file=/usr/share/dbus-1/system.conf". By
       creating additional configuration files and using the --config-file
       option, additional special-purpose message bus daemons could be
       created.

       The systemwide daemon is normally launched by an init script,
       standardly called simply "messagebus".

       The systemwide daemon is largely used for broadcasting system events,
       such as changes to the printer queue, or adding/removing devices.

       The per-session daemon is used for various interprocess communication
       among desktop applications (however, it is not tied to X or the GUI in
       any way).

       SIGHUP will cause the D-Bus daemon to PARTIALLY reload its
       configuration file and to flush its user/group information caches. Some
       configuration changes would require kicking all apps off the bus; so
       they will only take effect if you restart the daemon. Policy changes
       should take effect with SIGHUP.

OPTIONS
       The following options are supported:

       --config-file=FILE
           Use the given configuration file.

       --fork
           Force the message bus to fork and become a daemon, even if the
           configuration file does not specify that it should. In most
           contexts the configuration file already gets this right, though.

       --print-pid[=DESCRIPTOR]
           Print the process ID of the message bus to standard output, or to
           the given file descriptor. This is used by programs that launch the
           message bus.

       --session
           Use the standard configuration file for the per-login-session
           message bus.

       --system
           Use the standard configuration file for the systemwide message bus.

       --version
           Print the version of the daemon.

       --introspect
           Print the introspection information for all D-Bus internal
           interfaces.

       --address[=ADDRESS]
           Set the address to listen on. This option overrides the address
           configured in the configuration file.

       --systemd-activation
           Enable systemd-style service activation. Only useful in conjunction
           with the systemd system and session manager on Linux.

       --nopidfile
           Don't write a PID file even if one is configured in the
           configuration files.

CONFIGURATION FILE
       A message bus daemon has a configuration file that specializes it for a
       particular application. For example, one configuration file might set
       up the message bus to be a systemwide message bus, while another might
       set it up to be a per-user-login-session bus.

       The configuration file also establishes resource limits, security
       parameters, and so forth.

       The configuration file is not part of any interoperability
       specification and its backward compatibility is not guaranteed; this
       document is documentation, not specification.

       The standard systemwide and per-session message bus setups are
       configured in the files "/usr/share/dbus-1/system.conf" and
       "/usr/share/dbus-1/session.conf". These files normally <include> a
       system-local.conf or session-local.conf in /etc/dbus-1; you can put
       local overrides in those files to avoid modifying the primary
       configuration files.

       The configuration file is an XML document. It must have the following
       doctype declaration:
       The well-known type of the message bus. Currently known values are
       "system" and "session"; if other values are set, they should be either
       added to the D-Bus specification, or namespaced. The last <type>
       element "wins" (previous values are ignored). This element only
       controls which message bus specific environment variables are set in
       activated clients. Most of the policy that distinguishes a session bus
       from the system bus is controlled from the other elements in the
       configuration file.

       If the well-known type of the message bus is "session", then the
       DBUS_STARTER_BUS_TYPE environment variable will be set to "session" and
       the DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS environment variable will be set to the
       address of the session bus. Likewise, if the type of the message bus is
       "system", then the DBUS_STARTER_BUS_TYPE environment variable will be
       set to "system" and the DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS environment variable
       will be set to the address of the system bus (which is normally well
       known anyway).

       Example: <type>session</type>

       o   <include>

       Include a file <include>filename.conf</include> at this point. If the
       filename is relative, it is located relative to the configuration file
       doing the including.

       <include> has an optional attribute "ignore_missing=(yes|no)" which
       defaults to "no" if not provided. This attribute controls whether it's
       a fatal error for the included file to be absent.

       o   <includedir>

       Include all files in <includedir>foo.d</includedir> at this point.
       Files in the directory are included in undefined order. Only files
       ending in ".conf" are included.

       This is intended to allow extension of the system bus by particular
       packages. For example, if CUPS wants to be able to send out
       notification of printer queue changes, it could install a file to
       /usr/share/dbus-1/system.d or /etc/dbus-1/system.d that allowed all
       apps to receive this message and allowed the printer daemon user to
       send it.

       o   <user>

       The user account the daemon should run as, as either a username or a
       UID. If the daemon cannot change to this UID on startup, it will exit.
       If this element is not present, the daemon will not change or care
       about its UID.

       The last <user> entry in the file "wins", the others are ignored.

       The user is changed after the bus has completed initialization. So
       sockets etc. will be created before changing user, but no data will be
       If present, the bus daemon keeps its original umask when forking. This
       may be useful to avoid affecting the behavior of child processes.

       o   <syslog>

       If present, the bus daemon will log to syslog.

       o   <pidfile>

       If present, the bus daemon will write its pid to the specified file.
       The --nopidfile command-line option takes precedence over this setting.

       o   <allow_anonymous>

       If present, connections that authenticated using the ANONYMOUS
       mechanism will be authorized to connect. This option has no practical
       effect unless the ANONYMOUS mechanism has also been enabled using the
       <auth> element, described below.

       o   <listen>

       Add an address that the bus should listen on. The address is in the
       standard D-Bus format that contains a transport name plus possible
       parameters/options.

       Example: <listen>unix:path=/tmp/foo</listen>

       Example: <listen>tcp:host=localhost,port=1234</listen>

       If there are multiple <listen> elements, then the bus listens on
       multiple addresses. The bus will pass its address to started services
       or other interested parties with the last address given in <listen>
       first. That is, apps will try to connect to the last <listen> address
       first.

       tcp sockets can accept IPv4 addresses, IPv6 addresses or hostnames. If
       a hostname resolves to multiple addresses, the server will bind to all
       of them. The family=ipv4 or family=ipv6 options can be used to force it
       to bind to a subset of addresses

       Example: <listen>tcp:host=localhost,port=0,family=ipv4</listen>

       A special case is using a port number of zero (or omitting the port),
       which means to choose an available port selected by the operating
       system. The port number chosen can be obtained with the --print-address
       command line parameter and will be present in other cases where the
       server reports its own address, such as when DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS
       is set.

       Example: <listen>tcp:host=localhost,port=0</listen>

       tcp/nonce-tcp addresses also allow a bind=hostname option, used in a
       listenable address to configure the interface on which the server will
       listen: either the hostname is the IP address of one of the local
       <auth> elements, all the listed mechanisms are allowed. The order in
       which mechanisms are listed is not meaningful.

       Example: <auth>EXTERNAL</auth>

       Example: <auth>DBUS_COOKIE_SHA1</auth>

       o   <servicedir>

       Adds a directory to scan for .service files. Directories are scanned
       starting with the first to appear in the config file (the first
       .service file found that provides a particular service will be used).

       Service files tell the bus how to automatically start a program. They
       are primarily used with the per-user-session bus, not the systemwide
       bus.

       o   <standard_session_servicedirs/>

       <standard_session_servicedirs/> is equivalent to specifying a series of
       <servicedir/> elements for each of the data directories in the "XDG
       Base Directory Specification" with the subdirectory "dbus-1/services",
       so for example "/usr/share/dbus-1/services" would be among the
       directories searched.

       The "XDG Base Directory Specification" can be found at
       http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Standards/basedir-spec if it hasn't moved,
       otherwise try your favorite search engine.

       The <standard_session_servicedirs/> option is only relevant to the
       per-user-session bus daemon defined in /etc/dbus-1/session.conf.
       Putting it in any other configuration file would probably be nonsense.

       o   <standard_system_servicedirs/>

       <standard_system_servicedirs/> specifies the standard system-wide
       activation directories that should be searched for service files. This
       option defaults to /usr/share/dbus-1/system-services.

       The <standard_system_servicedirs/> option is only relevant to the
       per-system bus daemon defined in /usr/share/dbus-1/system.conf. Putting
       it in any other configuration file would probably be nonsense.

       o   <servicehelper/>

       <servicehelper/> specifies the setuid helper that is used to launch
       system daemons with an alternate user. Typically this should be the
       dbus-daemon-launch-helper executable in located in libexec.

       The <servicehelper/> option is only relevant to the per-system bus
       daemon defined in /usr/share/dbus-1/system.conf. Putting it in any
       other configuration file would probably be nonsense.

       o   <limit>
                 "max_outgoing_bytes"         : total size in bytes of messages
                                                queued up for a single connection
                 "max_outgoing_unix_fds"      : total number of unix fds of messages
                                                queued up for a single connection
                 "max_message_size"           : max size of a single message in
                                                bytes
                 "max_message_unix_fds"       : max unix fds of a single message
                 "service_start_timeout"      : milliseconds (thousandths) until
                                                a started service has to connect
                 "auth_timeout"               : milliseconds (thousandths) a
                                                connection is given to
                                                authenticate
                 "pending_fd_timeout"         : milliseconds (thousandths) a
                                                fd is given to be transmitted to
                                                dbus-daemon before disconnecting the
                                                connection
                 "max_completed_connections"  : max number of authenticated connections
                 "max_incomplete_connections" : max number of unauthenticated
                                                connections
                 "max_connections_per_user"   : max number of completed connections from
                                                the same user
                 "max_pending_service_starts" : max number of service launches in
                                                progress at the same time
                 "max_names_per_connection"   : max number of names a single
                                                connection can own
                 "max_match_rules_per_connection": max number of match rules for a single
                                                   connection
                 "max_replies_per_connection" : max number of pending method
                                                replies per connection
                                                (number of calls-in-progress)
                 "reply_timeout"              : milliseconds (thousandths)
                                                until a method call times out

       The max incoming/outgoing queue sizes allow a new message to be queued
       if one byte remains below the max. So you can in fact exceed the max by
       max_message_size.

       max_completed_connections divided by max_connections_per_user is the
       number of users that can work together to denial-of-service all other
       users by using up all connections on the systemwide bus.

       Limits are normally only of interest on the systemwide bus, not the
       user session buses.

       o   <policy>

       The <policy> element defines a security policy to be applied to a
       particular set of connections to the bus. A policy is made up of
       <allow> and <deny> elements. Policies are normally used with the
       systemwide bus; they are analogous to a firewall in that they allow
       expected traffic and prevent unexpected traffic.

       Currently, the system bus has a default-deny policy for sending method
       calls and owning bus names. Everything else, in particular reply
             user="username or userid"
             group="group name or gid"

       Policies are applied to a connection as follows:

              - all context="default" policies are applied
              - all group="connection's user's group" policies are applied
                in undefined order
              - all user="connection's auth user" policies are applied
                in undefined order
              - all at_console="true" policies are applied
              - all at_console="false" policies are applied
              - all context="mandatory" policies are applied

       Policies applied later will override those applied earlier, when the
       policies overlap. Multiple policies with the same user/group/context
       are applied in the order they appear in the config file.

       <deny>
           <allow>

       A <deny> element appears below a <policy> element and prohibits some
       action. The <allow> element makes an exception to previous <deny>
       statements, and works just like <deny> but with the inverse meaning.

       The possible attributes of these elements are:

              send_interface="interface_name"
              send_member="method_or_signal_name"
              send_error="error_name"
              send_destination="name"
              send_type="method_call" | "method_return" | "signal" | "error"
              send_path="/path/name"

              receive_interface="interface_name"
              receive_member="method_or_signal_name"
              receive_error="error_name"
              receive_sender="name"
              receive_type="method_call" | "method_return" | "signal" | "error"
              receive_path="/path/name"

              send_requested_reply="true" | "false"
              receive_requested_reply="true" | "false"

              eavesdrop="true" | "false"

              own="name"
              own_prefix="name"
              user="username"
              group="groupname"

       Examples:

              <deny send_destination="org.freedesktop.Service" send_interface="org.freedesktop.System" send_member="Reboot"/>

       A, B, C, and sending to A is denied, sending to B or C will not work
       either.

       The other send_* and receive_* attributes are purely textual/by-value
       matches against the given field in the message header.

       "Eavesdropping" occurs when an application receives a message that was
       explicitly addressed to a name the application does not own, or is a
       reply to such a message. Eavesdropping thus only applies to messages
       that are addressed to services and replies to such messages (i.e. it
       does not apply to signals).

       For <allow>, eavesdrop="true" indicates that the rule matches even when
       eavesdropping. eavesdrop="false" is the default and means that the rule
       only allows messages to go to their specified recipient. For <deny>,
       eavesdrop="true" indicates that the rule matches only when
       eavesdropping. eavesdrop="false" is the default for <deny> also, but
       here it means that the rule applies always, even when not
       eavesdropping. The eavesdrop attribute can only be combined with send
       and receive rules (with send_* and receive_* attributes).

       The [send|receive]_requested_reply attribute works similarly to the
       eavesdrop attribute. It controls whether the <deny> or <allow> matches
       a reply that is expected (corresponds to a previous method call
       message). This attribute only makes sense for reply messages (errors
       and method returns), and is ignored for other message types.

       For <allow>, [send|receive]_requested_reply="true" is the default and
       indicates that only requested replies are allowed by the rule.
       [send|receive]_requested_reply="false" means that the rule allows any
       reply even if unexpected.

       For <deny>, [send|receive]_requested_reply="false" is the default but
       indicates that the rule matches only when the reply was not requested.
       [send|receive]_requested_reply="true" indicates that the rule applies
       always, regardless of pending reply state.

       user and group denials mean that the given user or group may not
       connect to the message bus.

       For "name", "username", "groupname", etc. the character "*" can be
       substituted, meaning "any." Complex globs like "foo.bar.*" aren't
       allowed for now because they'd be work to implement and maybe encourage
       sloppy security anyway.

       <allow own_prefix="a.b"/> allows you to own the name "a.b" or any name
       whose first dot-separated elements are "a.b": in particular, you can
       own "a.b.c" or "a.b.c.d", but not "a.bc" or "a.c". This is useful when
       services like Telepathy and ReserveDevice define a meaning for subtrees
       of well-known names, such as
       org.freedesktop.Telepathy.ConnectionManager.(anything) and
       org.freedesktop.ReserveDevice1.(anything).

       It does not make sense to deny a user or group inside a <policy> for a
       received" are evaluated separately.

       Be careful with send_interface/receive_interface, because the interface
       field in messages is optional. In particular, do NOT specify <deny
       send_interface="org.foo.Bar"/>! This will cause no-interface messages
       to be blocked for all services, which is almost certainly not what you
       intended. Always use rules of the form: <deny
       send_interface="org.foo.Bar" send_destination="org.foo.Service"/>

       o   <selinux>

       The <selinux> element contains settings related to Security Enhanced
       Linux. More details below.

       o   <associate>

       An <associate> element appears below an <selinux> element and creates a
       mapping. Right now only one kind of association is possible:

              <associate own="org.freedesktop.Foobar" context="foo_t"/>

       This means that if a connection asks to own the name
       "org.freedesktop.Foobar" then the source context will be the context of
       the connection and the target context will be "foo_t" - see the short
       discussion of SELinux below.

       Note, the context here is the target context when requesting a name,
       NOT the context of the connection owning the name.

       There's currently no way to set a default for owning any name, if we
       add this syntax it will look like:

              <associate own="*" context="foo_t"/>

       If you find a reason this is useful, let the developers know. Right now
       the default will be the security context of the bus itself.

       If two <associate> elements specify the same name, the element
       appearing later in the configuration file will be used.

       o   <apparmor>

       The <apparmor> element is used to configure AppArmor mediation on the
       bus. It can contain one attribute that specifies the mediation mode:

              <apparmor mode="(enabled|disabled|required)"/>

       The default mode is "enabled". In "enabled" mode, AppArmor mediation
       will be performed if AppArmor support is available in the kernel. If it
       is not available, dbus-daemon will start but AppArmor mediation will
       not occur. In "disabled" mode, AppArmor mediation is disabled. In
       "required" mode, AppArmor mediation will be enabled if AppArmor support
       is available, otherwise dbus-daemon will refuse to start.

       relevant to the security policy.

       In order to better encapsulate security contexts and to provide greater
       efficiency, the policy enforcement code of SELinux typically handles
       security identifiers (SIDs) rather than security contexts. A SID is an
       integer that is mapped by the security server to a security context at
       runtime.

       When a security decision is required, the policy enforcement code
       passes a pair of SIDs (typically the SID of a subject and the SID of an
       object, but sometimes a pair of subject SIDs or a pair of object SIDs),
       and an object security class to the security server. The object
       security class indicates the kind of object, e.g. a process, a regular
       file, a directory, a TCP socket, etc.

       Access decisions specify whether or not a permission is granted for a
       given pair of SIDs and class. Each object class has a set of associated
       permissions defined to control operations on objects with that class.

       D-Bus performs SELinux security checks in two places.

       First, any time a message is routed from one connection to another
       connection, the bus daemon will check permissions with the security
       context of the first connection as source, security context of the
       second connection as target, object class "dbus" and requested
       permission "send_msg".

       If a security context is not available for a connection (impossible
       when using UNIX domain sockets), then the target context used is the
       context of the bus daemon itself. There is currently no way to change
       this default, because we're assuming that only UNIX domain sockets will
       be used to connect to the systemwide bus. If this changes, we'll
       probably add a way to set the default connection context.

       Second, any time a connection asks to own a name, the bus daemon will
       check permissions with the security context of the connection as
       source, the security context specified for the name in the config file
       as target, object class "dbus" and requested permission "acquire_svc".

       The security context for a bus name is specified with the <associate>
       element described earlier in this document. If a name has no security
       context associated in the configuration file, the security context of
       the bus daemon itself will be used.

APPARMOR
       The AppArmor confinement context is stored when applications connect to
       the bus. The confinement context consists of a label and a confinement
       mode. When a security decision is required, the daemon uses the
       confinement context to query the AppArmor policy to determine if the
       action should be allowed or denied and if the action should be audited.

       The daemon performs AppArmor security checks in three places.

       First, any time a message is routed from one connection to another
       check permissions with the label of the connection as the source, along
       with the bus name.

       AppArmor rules for bus mediation are not stored in the bus
       configuration files. They are stored in the application's AppArmor
       profile. Please see apparmor.d(5) for more details.

DEBUGGING
       If you're trying to figure out where your messages are going or why you
       aren't getting messages, there are several things you can try.

       Remember that the system bus is heavily locked down and if you haven't
       installed a security policy file to allow your message through, it
       won't work. For the session bus, this is not a concern.

       The simplest way to figure out what's happening on the bus is to run
       the dbus-monitor program, which comes with the D-Bus package. You can
       also send test messages with dbus-send. These programs have their own
       man pages.

       If you want to know what the daemon itself is doing, you might consider
       running a separate copy of the daemon to test against. This will allow
       you to put the daemon under a debugger, or run it with verbose output,
       without messing up your real session and system daemons.

       To run a separate test copy of the daemon, for example you might open a
       terminal and type:

             DBUS_VERBOSE=1 dbus-daemon --session --print-address

       The test daemon address will be printed when the daemon starts. You
       will need to copy-and-paste this address and use it as the value of the
       DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS environment variable when you launch the
       applications you want to test. This will cause those applications to
       connect to your test bus instead of the DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS of
       your real session bus.

       DBUS_VERBOSE=1 will have NO EFFECT unless your copy of D-Bus was
       compiled with verbose mode enabled. This is not recommended in
       production builds due to performance impact. You may need to rebuild
       D-Bus if your copy was not built with debugging in mind. (DBUS_VERBOSE
       also affects the D-Bus library and thus applications using D-Bus; it
       may be useful to see verbose output on both the client side and from
       the daemon.)

       If you want to get fancy, you can create a custom bus configuration for
       your test bus (see the session.conf and system.conf files that define
       the two default configurations for example). This would allow you to
       specify a different directory for .service files, for example.

AUTHOR
       See http://www.freedesktop.org/software/dbus/doc/AUTHORS

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