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Robert Rawlins - Think Blue
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Thanks Carsten,

Sorry for not mentioning the dbus before, I thought that the signals were a general python thing, I didn’t realize it was a specific dbus thing.

I've now modified the code so it looks like this.


import dbus
from gobject import MainLoop, idle_add
from dbus.mainloop.glib import DBusGMainLoop

def main_function():
bus = dbus.SystemBus()
manager = dbus.Interface(bus.get_object('org.bluez', '/org/bluez'),'org.bluez.Manager')
adapter = dbus.Interface(bus.get_object('org.bluez', manager.DefaultAdapter()),'org.bluez.Adapter')

def remote_device_found(addr, class_, rssi):
print 'Found:', addr

adapter.connect_to_signal('RemoteDeviceFound', remote_device_found)


if __name__ == '__main__':
dbus_mainloop_wrapper = DBusGMainLoop(set_as_default=True)
mainloop = MainLoop()

Which should implement the main loop and keep the application alive, however when running the program I get the following error thrown at me.

File "./", line 5, in ?
from dbus.mainloop.glib import DBusGMainLoop
ImportError: No module named mainloop.glib

Any ideas what might be causing this? My guess is that I don’t have one of the dependency installed properly, but I have no idea which ones I need.

Thanks for any more help you can offer, its greatly appreciated.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carsten Haese [(E-Mail Removed)]
Sent: 18 April 2007 13:43
To: Robert Rawlins - Think Blue
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Subject: Re: Signals

On Wed, 2007-04-18 at 08:39 +0100, Robert Rawlins - Think Blue wrote:
> Hello Chaps,
> I posted about this the other day but I’m still struggling to get any
> form of result from it. Basically I have the following piece of code,
> and according to its API is produces singals when particular events
> occur, but i have no idea how to list for events, I’ve tried all sorts
> of combinations using the signal module but haven’t been able to get
> it working.
> [...]
> import dbus, signal
> [...]
> Now here is a copy of the API documentation that lists the signals
> thrown by the API, this is the one I’m trying to listen for.
> void RemoteDeviceFound(string address, uint32 class, int16
> rssi)
> This signal will be send every time an inquiry result
> has been found by the service daemon. In general they
> only appear during a device discovery.
> Basically I’m just looking to run a function that will print those
> details to screen. Can anyone help with working out how to listen for
> this signal?

The signal module is for handling process signals the operating system
sends to your python process. The API you're using (dbus, a crucial
detail you neglected to mention before) doesn't send this kind of

Googling for 'python dbus documentation' brings up , which seems to
explain everything you need. You need to get an instance of
dbus.Interface, which you seem to have done, and call its
connect_to_signal() method, which you don't seem to have done.

> I’d also like to know how i can keep the application running until I
> decided to stop it manually, as the DiscoverDevices() can take a while
> to complete and send out several RemoteDeviceFound() signals in that
> period.

The very first section of the above mentioned documentation talks about
needing a main loop for receiving signals, and it provides example
boilerplate code for how to set up a main loop.

Hope this helps,


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