sd_bus_get_events() returns the I/O events to wait for, suitable for passing to poll() or a similar call. Returns a combination of POLLIN, POLLOUT, ... events, or negative on error.
sd_bus_get_timeout() returns the timeout in µs to pass to poll() or a similar call when waiting for events on the specified bus connection. The returned timeout may be zero, in which case a subsequent I/O polling call should be invoked in non-blocking mode. The returned timeout may be UINT64_MAX in which case the I/O polling call may block indefinitely, without any applied timeout. Note that the returned timeout should be considered only a maximum sleeping time. It is permissible (and even expected) that shorter timeouts are used by the calling program, in case other event sources are polled in the same event loop. Note that the returned time-value is relative and specified in microseconds. When converting this value in order to pass it as third argument to poll() (which expects milliseconds), care should be taken to use a division that rounds up to ensure the I/O polling operation doesn't sleep for shorter than necessary, which might result in unintended busy looping (alternatively, use ppoll(2) instead of plain poll(), which understands timeouts with nano-second granularity).
These three functions are useful to hook up a bus connection object with an external or manual event loop involving poll() or a similar I/O polling call. Before each invocation of the I/O polling call, all three functions should be invoked: the file descriptor returned by sd_bus_get_fd() should be polled for the events indicated by sd_bus_get_events(), and the I/O call should block for that up to the timeout returned by sd_bus_get_timeout(). After each I/O polling call the bus connection needs to process incoming or outgoing data, by invoking sd_bus_process(3).
Note that these functions are only one of three supported ways to implement I/O event handling for bus connections. Alternatively use sd_bus_attach_event(3) to attach a bus connection to an sd-event(3) event loop. Or use sd_bus_wait(3) as a simple synchronous, blocking I/O waiting call.
On success, sd_bus_get_fd() returns the file descriptor used for communication. On failure, it returns a negative errno-style error code.
On success, sd_bus_get_events() returns the I/O event mask to use for I/O event watching. On failure, it returns a negative errno-style error code.
Returned errors may indicate the following problems:
These APIs are implemented as a shared library, which can be compiled and linked to with the libsystemd pkg-config(1) file.