Object Hierarchy:

GLib.DebugControllerDBus GLib.DebugControllerDBus GLib.DebugControllerDBus GLib.Object GLib.Object GLib.Object->GLib.DebugControllerDBus GLib.DebugController GLib.DebugController GLib.DebugController->GLib.DebugControllerDBus GLib.Initable GLib.Initable GLib.Initable->GLib.DebugControllerDBus


[ CCode ( type_id = "g_debug_controller_dbus_get_type ()" ) ]
[ Version ( since = "2.72" ) ]
public class DebugControllerDBus : Object, DebugController, Initable

DebugControllerDBus is an implementation of DebugController which exposes debug settings as a D-Bus object.

It is a Initable object, and will register an object at `/org/gtk/Debugging` on the bus given as connection once it’s initialized. The object will be unregistered when the last reference to the DebugControllerDBus is dropped.

This D-Bus object can be used by remote processes to enable or disable debug output in this process. Remote processes calling `org.gtk.Debugging.SetDebugEnabled()` will affect the value of debug_enabled and, by default, get_debug_enabled. default.

By default, all processes will be able to call `SetDebugEnabled()`. If this process is privileged, or might expose sensitive information in its debug output, you may want to restrict the ability to enable debug output to privileged users or processes.

One option is to install a D-Bus security policy which restricts access to `SetDebugEnabled()`, installing something like the following in `$datadir/dbus-1/system.d/`:

<?xml version="1.0"?> <!--*-nxml-*-->
<!DOCTYPE busconfig PUBLIC "-//freedesktop//DTD D-BUS Bus Configuration 1.0//EN"
<policy user="root">
<allow send_destination="com.example.MyService" send_interface="org.gtk.Debugging"/>
<policy context="default">
<deny send_destination="com.example.MyService" send_interface="org.gtk.Debugging"/>

This will prevent the `SetDebugEnabled()` method from being called by all except root. It will not prevent the `DebugEnabled` property from being read, as it’s accessed through the `org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties` interface.

Another option is to use polkit to allow or deny requests on a case-by-case basis, allowing for the possibility of dynamic authorisation. To do this, connect to the authorize signal and query polkit in it:

  g_autoptr(GError) child_error = NULL;
g_autoptr(GDBusConnection) connection = g_bus_get_sync (G_BUS_TYPE_SYSTEM, NULL, NULL);
gulong debug_controller_authorize_id = 0;

// Set up the debug controller.
debug_controller = G_DEBUG_CONTROLLER (g_debug_controller_dbus_new (priv->connection, NULL, &child_error));
if (debug_controller == NULL)
g_error ("Could not register debug controller on bus: %s"),

debug_controller_authorize_id = g_signal_connect (debug_controller,
G_CALLBACK (debug_controller_authorize_cb),

static gboolean
debug_controller_authorize_cb (GDebugControllerDBus *debug_controller,
GDBusMethodInvocation *invocation,
gpointer user_data)
g_autoptr(PolkitAuthority) authority = NULL;
g_autoptr(PolkitSubject) subject = NULL;
g_autoptr(PolkitAuthorizationResult) auth_result = NULL;
g_autoptr(GError) local_error = NULL;
GDBusMessage *message;
GDBusMessageFlags message_flags;
PolkitCheckAuthorizationFlags flags = POLKIT_CHECK_AUTHORIZATION_FLAGS_NONE;

message = g_dbus_method_invocation_get_message (invocation);
message_flags = g_dbus_message_get_flags (message);

authority = polkit_authority_get_sync (NULL, &local_error);
if (authority == NULL)
g_warning ("Failed to get polkit authority: %s", local_error->message);
return FALSE;


subject = polkit_system_bus_name_new (g_dbus_method_invocation_get_sender (invocation));

auth_result = polkit_authority_check_authorization_sync (authority,
if (auth_result == NULL)
g_warning ("Failed to get check polkit authorization: %s", local_error->message);
return FALSE;

return polkit_authorization_result_get_is_authorized (auth_result);

Namespace: GLib
Package: gio-2.0



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Inherited Members:

All known members inherited from interface GLib.DebugController
All known members inherited from interface GLib.Initable