I'd like to start a python script that uses pydbus to listen for incoming commands via D-Bus on boot, and it needs root permissions. It would be nice if it can be stopped and restarted via systemctl, so I don't want to put it into /etc/rc.local.

The script is based on this example.

I can run the script just fine in a terminal, both in an X11 session and in tty, and send commands to my dbus server. But when starting it via a systemd .service file it complains about gi.repository.GLib.Error: g-io-error-quark: Cannot autolaunch D-Bus without X11 $DISPLAY (0), because I have been using SessionBus. So I went to using SystemBus instead and now get permission errors: Connection ":1.474" is not allowed to own the service which is probably associated with the conf in /etc/dbus-1/system.d/.

So I looked at some other service to see how they work:

  • /usr/share/dbus-1/system-services/org.manjaro.pamac.daemon.service
  • /etc/dbus-1/system.d/org.manjaro.pamac.daemon.conf
  • /usr/lib/systemd/system/pamac-daemon.service

Is this all the stuff that I need to use? It's just so incredibly troublesome, and everything I try results in new errors.

Are there any good resources on how to do this?

How would one start the linked example above on boot using a systemd .service file?

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    Can you be more specific on "...it complains about some X11 $DISPLAY stuff." ? Dec 21 '20 at 2:38
  • did. I think I'm getting close, I might just answer my own question at some point today
    – sezanzeb
    Dec 21 '20 at 10:48
  • I'm still getting a The name was not provided by any .service files error
    – sezanzeb
    Dec 21 '20 at 11:34
  • it was because my pydbus client also needs to use SystemBus to connect. Now it's GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.AccessDenied: Rejected send message
    – sezanzeb
    Dec 21 '20 at 11:53
  • It works now, I'm going to make an example setup on github on post it as answer here in the evening
    – sezanzeb
    Dec 21 '20 at 12:10

I made a working example:


I didn't need the /usr/share/dbus-1/system-services/org.manjaro.pamac.daemon.service file in the end.

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