Problems with QDBus on an embedded Linux device - registerService returns false.

  • Greetings,

    I'm new to DBus, but I'm trying to use it in two Qt applications on an embedded device. I have a very simple interface that consists of one slot:

    @QString SendMessage(const QString &cmd);@

    The server application is then using the following code to start the connection:

    @ DbusService* dBus = new DbusService;
    new interfaceIfAdaptor(dBus);

    QDBusConnection connection = QDBusConnection::sessionBus();
    bool ret = connection.registerService("com.domain.project.interface");
    qDebug() << "returns" << ret;
    ret = connection.registerObject("/", dBus);
    qDebug() << "returns" << ret;@

    This works fine on the desktop. In the embedded system, the connection.registerService function returns false. As a result, any messages to the server fail. I'm not sure why. Running 'ps' tells me that [dbus-daemon --system] and [dbus-daemon --sesson] are both running.

    Finally, I have noticed that Qt Creator complains when I debug the application. I see the following warning messages:

    bq. Could not load shared library symbols for 10 libraries, e.g. /opt/arm/lib/
    Use the "info sharedlibrary" command to see the complete listing.
    Do you need "set solib-search-path" or "set sysroot"?Could not load shared library symbols for /usr/lib/
    Do you need "set solib-search-path" or "set sysroot"?

    If additional information is required to debug this problem, please let me know. I'll be happy to update my post. Thanks!

  • It turns out the session bus was not getting started on the device. I enabled it, but then I ran into the problem of the address not getting propagated to the environment variables. I can manually set it in a terminal, but I'm not sure how to do the same in Qt Creator.

    Anyway, rather than spend more time figuring out the issues with the session bus, I switched to using the system bus. I just had to change the /etc/dbus-1/system.conf file to allow anyone to talk to the system bus and my applications work on the embedded device. I know that's probably not the long term solution, but it works for now.

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