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Lots of dbus-using applications respond to method calls and send signals just fine, so obviously not everything is broken for me. However:

  1. In my terminals, $DBUS_SESSION_BUS_FOO environment variables are never set automatically; I have to either run eval $(dbus-launch) or eval the contents of ~/.dbus/session-bus/[machine-id]. This also affects some but not all programmatic interfaces to dbus—python-dbus can connect to the session bus just fine, but dbus-core running under Haskell needs to set up the environment variables for itself.
  2. Some applications do not work right; e.g., audacious doesn't send signals (running it with --verbose reveals that it gets passed NULL instead of a proxy).

I've tried launching fluxbox using dbus-launch, as suggested in dbus-launch's man page, but that doesn't affect anything. Is there some simple config thing missing?

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Is this still valid? Also, are you using any display manager? Please consider reporting this to Gentoo Bugzilla; fluxbox maintainers may be able to actually help you. –  Michał Górny Aug 30 '12 at 9:02

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