8.76. D-Bus-1.14.10

D-Bus is a message bus system, a simple way for applications to talk to one another. D-Bus supplies both a system daemon (for events such as "new hardware device added" or "printer queue changed") and a per-user-login-session daemon (for general IPC needs among user applications). Also, the message bus is built on top of a general one-to-one message passing framework, which can be used by any two applications to communicate directly (without going through the message bus daemon).

Approximate build time: 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 20 MB

8.76.1. Installation of D-Bus

Prepare D-Bus for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr                        \
            --sysconfdir=/etc                    \
            --localstatedir=/var                 \
            --runstatedir=/run                   \
            --enable-user-session                \
            --disable-static                     \
            --disable-doxygen-docs               \
            --disable-xml-docs                   \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/dbus-1.14.10 \

The meaning of the configure options:

--runstatedir=/run and --with-system-socket=/run/dbus/system_bus_socket

These cause the PID file and the system bus socket to be in /run, instead of the deprecated /var/run.


This ensures the D-Bus per-user service and socket unit files are installed for Systemd. They are not useful (but harmless) in a base LFS installation, however they can be used once systemd is rebuilt with PAM support in BLFS.

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

make check

Many tests are disabled because they require additional packages that are not included in LFS. Instructions for running the comprehensive test suite can be found in the BLFS book.

Install the package:

make install

Create a symlink so that D-Bus and systemd can use the same machine-id file:

ln -sfv /etc/machine-id /var/lib/dbus

8.76.2. Contents of D-Bus

Installed programs: dbus-cleanup-sockets, dbus-daemon, dbus-launch, dbus-monitor, dbus-run-session, dbus-send, dbus-test-tool, dbus-update-activation-environment, and dbus-uuidgen
Installed libraries: libdbus-1.so
Installed directories: /etc/dbus-1, /usr/include/dbus-1.0, /usr/lib/dbus-1.0, /usr/share/dbus-1, /usr/share/doc/dbus-1.14.10, and /var/lib/dbus

Short Descriptions


is used to remove leftover sockets in a directory


Is the D-Bus message bus daemon


Starts dbus-daemon from a shell script


Monitors messages passing through a D-Bus message bus


Starts a session bus instance of dbus-daemon from a shell script and starts a specified program in that session


Sends a message to a D-Bus message bus


Is a tool to help packages test D-Bus


Updates environment variables that will be set for D-Bus session services


Generates a universally unique ID


Contains API functions used to communicate with the D-Bus message bus