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.\" 
.\" dbus-monitor manual page.
.\" Copyright (C) 2003 Red Hat, Inc.
.\"
.TH dbus-monitor 1
.SH NAME
dbus-monitor \- debug probe to print message bus messages
.SH SYNOPSIS
.PP
.B dbus-monitor
[\-\-system | \-\-session] [\-\-profile | \-\-monitor]
[watch expressions]

.SH DESCRIPTION

The \fIdbus-monitor\fP command is used to monitor messages going
through a D-Bus message bus.  See
http://www.freedesktop.org/software/dbus/ for more information about
the big picture.

.PP
There are two well-known message buses: the systemwide message bus
(installed on many systems as the "messagebus" service) and the
per-user-login-session message bus (started each time a user logs in).
The \-\-system and \-\-session options direct \fIdbus-monitor\fP to
monitor the system or session buses respectively.  If neither is
specified, \fIdbus-monitor\fP monitors the session bus.

.PP
\fIdbus-monitor\fP has two different output modes, the 'classic'-style
monitoring mode and profiling mode. The profiling format is a compact
format with a single line per message and microsecond-resolution timing
information. The \-\-profile and \-\-monitor options select the profiling
and monitoring output format respectively. If neither is specified,
\fIdbus-monitor\fP uses the monitoring output format.

.PP
In order to get \fIdbus-monitor\fP to see the messages you are interested
in, you should specify a set of watch expressions as you would expect to
be passed to the \fIdbus_bus_add_watch\fP function.

.PP 
The message bus configuration may keep \fIdbus-monitor\fP from seeing
all messages, especially if you run the monitor as a non-root user.

.SH OPTIONS
.TP
.I "--system"
Monitor the system message bus.
.TP
.I "--session"
Monitor the session message bus.  (This is the default.)
.TP
.I "--profile"
Use the profiling output format.
.TP
.I "--monitor"
Use the monitoring output format.  (This is the default.)

.SH EXAMPLE
Here is an example of using dbus-monitor to watch for the gnome typing
monitor to say things
.nf

  dbus-monitor "type='signal',sender='org.gnome.TypingMonitor',interface='org.gnome.TypingMonitor'"

.fi

.SH AUTHOR
dbus-monitor was written by Philip Blundell.
The profiling output mode was added by Olli Salli.

.SH BUGS
Please send bug reports to the D-Bus mailing list or bug tracker,
see http://www.freedesktop.org/software/dbus/