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Openmoko uses D-Bus, a message bus system which provides a simple way for applications to talk to one another and to be available as services in the system. If the application providing the service is not running when a message is sent, the application will be started.

There are two separate busses:

  • a system bus for root which runs whenever the phone is on
  • a session bus which is started for the user when X starts

Session bus services

These can at least be defined in /usr/share/dbus-1.0/services/ and /usr/share/dbus-1/services/

  • org.freesmartphone.Phone
  • org.gnome.evolution.dataserver.AddressBook
  • org.gnome.evolution.dataserver.Calendar
  • org.gnome.GConf
  • ...

System bus services

There is information about these in /etc/dbus-1/system.d/

  • org.freedesktop.Avahi
  • org.bluez.*
  • ...

Accessing the services

Command line

For simple uses, there's a command mdbus. Try

mdbus -s 

to explore the DBus environment.

For example, to dial a number (using FSO milestone 3):

mdbus -s org.freesmartphone.ogsmd /org/freesmartphone/GSM/Device org.freesmartphone.GSM.Call.Initiate '12345' 'voice'


To use D-Bus in Python, the package python-dbus needs to be compiled and installed.

Note: This example does not work! Please update if you know how to get it working. See also 'discussion' tab.

To dial a number:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import dbus
bus = dbus.SessionBus()
proxy = bus.get_object("org.openmoko.Dialer", "/org/openmoko/Dialer")
interface = dbus.Interface(proxy, "org.openmoko.Dialer")
# or this: proxy.Dial("12345", dbus_interface="org.openmoko.Dialer")

The first "org.openmoko.Dialer" is the bus name of the service on the bus and "/org/openmoko/Dialer" is an object path in the service. Before calling a method on the object via the proxy object we still need to specify which interface the method belongs to: the second (and third) "org.openmoko.Dialer". Finally "Dial" is the method in the interface.

To run the program use the following:

dbus-launch python

See also

External links