Review Request: Make KAuth ready for frameworks + API Changes

Dario Freddi drf at
Sun Mar 18 22:25:52 GMT 2012

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Review request for kdelibs, Kevin Ottens, David Faure, and Alexander Neundorf.


Preamble - sorry for having to name-call people but apparently we still don't have a frameworks way for reviewing code (which sucks). And sorry for the long summary, but it's worth reading. However.

This huge patchsets brings KAuth in the marvelous world of Frameworks. If you dislike ReviewBoard's way of displaying diffs or simply want to see a commit list, please refer to the URL in "Branch".

First of all, I pulled in a dependency on KJob after a chat with Kevin. This makes KAuth tier2, but shouldn't be a big issue.

Then there's the hard part: source compatibility is reasonably broken here. The changes I had to do were mostly for the sake of revamping the internal workflow of the library. The main problem KAuth had was the fact it was completely synchronous, leading to a multitude of problems. After these changes it's fully asynchronous instead (reason for pulling in KJob), the API was simplified, and some unused features like multiple action execution have been removed.

The main changes at a glance:

 * Some renaming to the enums
 * Moving Action & ActionReply to be implicitly shared
 * Removing ActionWatcher (now useless due to the new semantics of execute
 * Removing some useless APIs from Action, namely executeActions, execute(helper)
 * execute() now returns a KJob
 * helperID() -> helperId()
 * Static action replies are now static accessors returning a new instance. This was a complete mistake in the first place, but it's still there with a different semantic to ease porting. The main use case for changing this is a failure to handle implicitly shared classes in multithreaded environments with that approach.

Of course, while it would be awesome to have all the code reviewed, I understand it's a very big change so I'd like at least some feedback on the following points:

 * General sanity of the new API
 * Consistency of the enums. StatusInvalid vs. ExecuteMode vs. AuthorizationDeniedError. While the semantic seems correct to me, I'd like to have some feedback on whether consistency is valuable in the ordering of <type><value> vs. <value><type> and which one should be preferred in case.
 * Whether to deprecate static accessors such as static const ActionReply SuccessReply(). I strongly favor this.
 * Whether the new dependency of kcoreaddons for the sake of using KJob is reasonable or I should go for a different alternative.
 * CMake sanity for the new dependency of kcoreaddons.

The code is pretty much unit-tested and it should have a decent coverage, even if I had no way to check this. For unit tests, I had to create a fake authorization backend for testing purposes, whereas I managed to reuse the dbus backend for helper communication, so that I could even test that. For running the helper and the client in the same process, in the unit test I am resorting to making the dbus service of the helper live in a separate thread, to prevent asynchronous DBus calls from failing due to QDBus' local-loop optimization. The test is also run on the session bus.


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  staging/kauth/autotests/BackendsManager.h PRE-CREATION 
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  staging/kauth/autotests/CMakeLists.txt PRE-CREATION 
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  staging/kauth/src/CMakeLists.txt PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/HelperProxy.h PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/dbus/DBusHelperProxy.h PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/dbus/DBusHelperProxy.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/dbus/org.kde.auth.xml PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/fake/FakeBackend.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/fakehelper/FakeHelperProxy.h PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/fakehelper/FakeHelperProxy.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/mac/AuthServicesBackend.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/policykit/PolicyKitBackend.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/backends/polkit-1/Polkit1Backend.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/kauthaction.h PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/kauthaction.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/kauthactionreply.h PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/kauthactionreply.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/kauthactionwatcher.h PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/kauthactionwatcher.cpp PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/kauthexecutejob.h PRE-CREATION 
  staging/kauth/src/kauthexecutejob.cpp PRE-CREATION 



New unit tests pass 100%


Dario Freddi

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