AnyEvent::DBus - adapt Net::DBus to AnyEvent


   use AnyEvent::DBus;

   # now use the Net::DBus API, preferably the non-blocking variants:

   use Net::DBus::Annotation qw(:call);

   $bus->get_object (...)
       ->Method (dbus_call_async, $arg1, ...)
       ->set_notify (sub {
          my @data = $_[0]->get_result

   $bus->get_connection->send (...);


This module is an AnyEvent user, you need to make sure that you use and run a supported event loop.

Loading this module will install the necessary magic to seamlessly integrate Net::DBus into AnyEvent. It does this by quite brutally hacking Net::DBus::Reactor so that all dbus connections created after loading this module will automatically be managed by this module.

Note that a) a lot inside Net::DBus is still blocking b) if you call a method that blocks, you again block your process (basically anything but calls to the Net::DBus::Binding::Connection objects block, but see Net::DBus::Annoation, specifically dbus_call_async) c) the underlying libdbus is often blocking itself, even with infinite timeouts and d) this module only implements the minimum API required to make Net::DBus work - Net::DBus unfortunately has no nice hooking API.

However, unlike Net::DBus::Reactor, this module should be fully non-blocking as long as you only use non-blocking APIs (Net::DBus::Reactor blocks on writes). It should also be faster, but Net::DBus is such a morass so unneeded method calls that speed won't matter much...


Here is a simple example. Both work with AnyEvent::DBus and do the same thing, but only the second is actually non-blocking.

Example 1: list registered named, blocking version.

   use AnyEvent::DBus;

   my $conn = Net::DBus->find;
   my $bus  = $conn->get_bus_object;

   for my $name (@{ $bus->ListNames }) {
      print "  $name\n";

Example 1: list registered named, somewhat non-blocking version.

   use AnyEvent;
   use AnyEvent::DBus;
   use Net::DBus::Annotation qw(:call);

   my $conn = Net::DBus->find; # always blocks :/
   my $bus  = $conn->get_bus_object;

   my $quit = AE::cv;

   # the trick here is to prepend dbus_call_async to any method
   # arguments and then to call the set_notify method on the
   # returned Net::DBus::AsyncReply object

   $bus->ListNames (dbus_call_async)->set_notify (sub {
      for my $name (@{ $_[0]->get_result }) {
         print "  $name\n";



AnyEvent, Net::DBus.


 Marc Lehmann <>