I get some various errors at boot from dbus in my logs:

Rejected send message, 2 matched rules; type="method_call" ...

I've been running this Debian sid system (systemd init) for years, so I suspect a bad mix of configuration.

Usually this type of problems can be fixed with

apt-get purge package
apt-get install package

But dbus being a low-level dependency it would remove pretty much all my packages.

/etc/dbus-1/system.d has quite some files in it, I'm not sure if erasing them is a good idea.

How can I proceed ?

  • Have you checked the debian bug database to see if these rejected send messages are known bugs? Jan 4, 2014 at 22:31

1 Answer 1


I think you could remove the configuration manually. Which files? You can check it by the following command:

# dpkg -L package

It lists all installed files by this package. Then you have to reinstall the package and create new config files. To do so just use this:

# aptitude -o DPkg::Options::=--force-confmiss reinstall package

You can also set this as a default behavior in /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg -- just copy the following line to the file:

  • Thank you for your answer and these commands I didn't know. It didn't solve the whole problem though because many other apps adds configuration to dbus. Solved it with a fresh install. Marked as accepted because I'm not sure we can do any better otherwise.
    – kursus
    Jan 7, 2014 at 15:53
  • If I were you, I would have tried to check all the files with apt-file search. I think a simple script which can sort and remove duplicates would provide a list of packages that have files in that location. Then reinstall them with force-confmiss parameter. Jan 7, 2014 at 16:15

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