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authorRalf Habacker <>2010-10-12 14:45:12 +0200
committerRalf Habacker <>2010-10-12 14:45:12 +0200
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Cleaned up windows related README's.
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+Windows port of the D-Bus
+Features and completeness
+The windows port of dbus provides the dbus-1 library and mostly
+applications which are already available on unix. These applications
+are: dbus-daemon, dbus-launch, dbus-monitor and dbus-send.
+DBus comes with a test suite which is used on unix to guarantate
+production quality and this test suite runs mostly. There are some
+test not running yet and there is help needed to get them running.
+DBus could be build on windows using automake or cmake. See the
+file README for more informations.
+Special cmake build instructions could be found in cmake/readme-cmake.txt
+windbus and dbus4win Ports
+The Windows ports from the windbus and dbus4win projects has been merged
+into the freedesktop git master branch, as applicable. The spec has been
+updated with windows specific stuff.
+ - dbus library check
+ bin\dbus-test.exe <build-root>\test\data
+ - bus daemon check
+ bin\bus-test.exe <build-root>\test\data
+ - check available names
+ bin\test_names.exe
+ - check if dbus-daemon is accessable
+ bin\dbus-send.exe --session --type=method_call --print-reply --dest=org.freedesktop.DBus / org.freedesktop.DBus.ListNames method return sender=org.freedesktop.DBus -> dest=:1.4 array [ string "org.freedesktop.DBus"string ":1.4"]
+ - start session dbus-daemon
+ either by running
+ bin\dbus-launch
+ or
+ start bin\dbus-daemon --session
+ Before running these commands you may execute
+ for getting debug infos
+ - call function registerd in dbus
+ bin\dbus-send.exe --dest=org.freedesktop.DBus --print-reply --type=method_call / org.freedesktop.DBus.StartServiceByName string:org.freedesktop.DBus.TestSuiteEchoService uint32:455 method return sender=org.freedesktop.DBus -> dest=:1.8 uint32 2
+ note: When building with the Visual C++ IDE the *.exe files are in
+ the bin/Debug and bin/Release folder, not in the bin folder.
+- How far is WinDBus from being usable for production ?
+ dbus comes with a test suite which is used on unix to guarantate
+ production quality and this test suite runs mostly. There are some
+ test not running and we need help to get them running.
+ In the pratice I and some other people are using dbus for at least more
+ than four years in conjunction with kde on windows without any problems.
+- On UNIX D-Bus uses UNIX sockets to communicate (correct me if I'm wrong).
+ What is used on Windows ?
+ tcp sockets, there are some efforts to get named pipe running, but some
+ design problems of the win32 api, we are not able to solve without
+ bigger changes to the dbus code base let us stop this effort.
+- Do you have any clue if dbus-win32 can run in a Windows CE environment?
+ dbus has been ported to wince, see README.wince for more informations
+- Do you know if the C++ binding made by OpenWengo will be easily portable to Windows?
+ The OpenWengo dbus-c++ binding has been ported to windows see in WinDBus svn
+ (
+ The related test applicationa are running well.
+Oktober 2010:
+- the code wrapped with DBUS_WIN_FIXME should be inspected if it required for windows
+- create a dbus setup installer
+- implement system bus and system bus service starter
+ see
+ for a starting point
+- implement a real login session bus
+ The scope parameter of the autolaunch meta protocol could be extended to support user
+ specific session busses (like already done with the amarok bundled dbus which use a
+ shared memory area named "DBusDaemonAddressInfo:<username>".
+ Also the dbus installer should start a session bus on user login.