[Dev] libcynara API

Patrick Ohly patrick.ohly at intel.com
Mon May 19 19:05:26 GMT 2014

On Mon, 2014-05-19 at 16:19 +0000, Schaufler, Casey wrote:
> Please supply an example. A real one. From Tizen. Let's not go
> off into yet another hypothetical discussion about how things
> ought to work, or what problems we might encounter. We have
> more than enough work to do without building interfaces for
> cases we are not actually using.

Okay. Here's abbreviated code from PIM Manager in Tizen IVI which grants
clients access to the unified address book. Some of these clients might
be less privileged third-party apps who need do get granted access to
contact data.

void Manager::search(const boost::shared_ptr< GDBusCXX::Result1<GDBusCXX::DBusObject_t> > &result,
                     const GDBusCXX::Caller_t &ID,
                     const boost::shared_ptr<GDBusCXX::Watch> &watch,
                     const std::vector<LocaleFactory::Filter_t> &filterVector,
                     const GDBusCXX::DBusObject_t &agentPath)
    // Start folks in parallel with asking for an ESourceRegistry.

    LocaleFactory::Filter_t filter;
    filter = filterVector;


void Manager::searchWithRegistry(const ESourceRegistryCXX &registry,
                                 const GError *gerror,
                                 const boost::shared_ptr< GDBusCXX::Result1<GDBusCXX::DBusObject_t> > &result,
                                 const GDBusCXX::Caller_t &ID,
                                 const boost::shared_ptr<GDBusCXX::Watch> &watch,
                                 const LocaleFactory::Filter_t &filter,
                                 const GDBusCXX::DBusObject_t &agentPath) throw()
    try {
        if (!registry) {
            GErrorCXX::throwError(SE_HERE, "create ESourceRegistry", gerror);
    } catch (...) {
        // Tell caller about specific error.

These methods execute from top to bottom. The first one is the main
entry method, called directly by the D-Bus binding after parsing
parameters of the method call. Information about the caller is available

Creating the EDS registry can take some time, which is why it is done
asynchronously instead of blocking the process. The search then
continues when the registry is ready and the searchWithRegistry()
callback gets invoked from the main event loop.

This normal event driven programming.

Where do I put cynara_check()? If I do it in Manager::search() when
called by client A and Cynara needs to ask the user before replying,
processing calls or data from an authorized client B will stop during
that time.

I can't spawn a thread either to handle the call, because libcynara is
not documented to be thread-safe. I don't want to make assumptions about
what I may or may not do with threads.

I'll stop here, because that's the show-stopper for me.

Best Regards, Patrick Ohly

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