[IPython-dev] GUI support: conflicts between IPython 0.11 and Matplotlib/ETS
Thu Feb 18 16:24:40 CST 2010
Thanks for everyone's work on this.
I had a thought. It seems that it's really impossible (or at least
impractical) to monkey-patch the GUI toolkits such that you can run a
regular old unmodified app exactly the same way inside and outside of
ipython. Gael's right -- that way lies loss of hair (and I"ve lost
enough in the last ten years as it is).
However, as it happens, I've been using ipython for a wx GUI app of mine
(with no ETS or MPL), and it sort-of-works, and also locks up and
crashes fairly regularly. So the threading solution isn't really robust
either. Also, when wx starts using Cocoa on OS-X, putting the GUI in
another thread won't be an option anymore anyway.
> - non-threaded gui support with pyos_inputhook, that would require
> some code changes. If this can give a really robust solution and the
> needed changes aren't too intrusive, I could see matplotlib, ETS and
> possibly others adding the necessary adaptation (especially if we
> provide it in ipython already so for the users it ends up being almost
> a one-liner).
Exactly -- while you can't expect unmodified regular old wx code to
work, we could provide alternative app startup code that a user can
simply cut and past in, and then have an app that will work with and
without ipython -- I think that's a fine solution.
So for now, is there a sample, minimal wx app that works with the new
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