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The basic techniques explained in Accessing Interfaces are suitable for using D-Bus methods with relatively simple signatures, but the more complex interfaces often found in the wild require additional techniques to address, explained in this article.
Complex Return Types
QtDBus requires additional setup to deal with methods that return more complex return types than single primitives. The return type needs to be declared to the Qt type system so that it can be demarshalled.
It is essential that the Q_DECLARE_METATYPE macro is used outside any code blocks or methods in source code. The best place to use it is at the top of the file.
The type should also be declared to QtDBus using:
The DBus Dict type should map to QMap, example to follow..
Arbitrary sets of return types
Some D-Bus methods return an arbitrary tuple of values. The QDBusReply class can only handle the first value returned by a method, so to get the rest of the returned parameters we fall back to using QDBusMessage. Since QDBusAbstractInterface::call() and similar actually return QDBusMessage, when we use QDBusReply we are actually just constructing this from the QDBusMessage containing all the return values.
For example, for a method org.kde.DBusTute.Favourites.Get( out INT32 number, out STRING colour, out STRING flavour ), we would use the following code:
1 QDBusInterface iface( "org.kde.DBusTute", 2 "/org/kde/DBusTute/Favourites", 3 "org.kde.DBusTute.Favourites", 4 QDBus::sessionBus(), 0 ); 5 QDBusMessage reply = iface.call( "Get" ); 6 QList<QVariant> values = reply.arguments(); 7 int favouriteNumber = values.takeFirst().toInt(); 8 QString favouriteColour = values.takeFirst().toString(); 9 QString favouriteFlavour = values.takeFirst().toString();
Interfaces that don't support Introspect
QDBusInterface, as a proxy for the remote D-Bus interface, makes use of introspection to provide high level access to D-Bus signals and properties. However, the object must support the interface org.freedesktop.DBus.Introspectable to do so, which is not mandatory.
Introspect is required to discover properties that are accessed via QObject::property(). If it is not present, but the names and signature of the properties are known by looking at the source code of the remote interface, the D-Bus property system can be used manually, with these methods:
org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties.Get (in STRING interface_name,
in STRING property_name, out VARIANT value);
org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties.Set (in STRING interface_name,
in STRING property_name, in VARIANT value);
If Introspect is not supported, QObject::connect() will get a 'no such signal' error at runtime.
It is still possible to connect to these signals with QtDBus, at a lower level, using QDBusConnection::connect(). If you are using QDBusInterface for its convenient call() methods, get its connection and call connect() on this:
QDBusInterface iface( "org.kde.DBusTute",
"/org/kde/DBusTute/Favourites", "org.kde.DBusTute.Favourites", QDBus::sessionBus(), 0 );
"/org/kde/DBusTute/Favourites", "org.kde.DBusTute.Favourites", "FavouritesChanged", this, SLOT(favouritesChanged() ) );
The connection semantics are similar to a regular QObject::connect().