[IPython-dev] Detecting GUI mainloop running in IPython

Brian Granger ellisonbg@gmail....
Sun Jul 25 16:25:00 CDT 2010


On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 2:05 PM, Eric Firing <efiring@hawaii.edu> wrote:

> On 07/25/2010 10:56 AM, Gael Varoquaux wrote:
> > On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 10:35:02AM -1000, Eric Firing wrote:
> >> Although ipython has provided invaluable service to mpl by enabling
> >> interactive plotting for all gui backends, I am not at all sure that
> >> this functionality should be left to ipython in the long run.  The
> >> problem is that mpl is used in a variety of ways and environments.  Gui
> >> functionality is central to mpl; it seems odd, and unnecessarily
> >> complicated, to have to delegate part of that to an environment, or
> >> shell, like ipython.
> >
> > Wow, I just did a little experiment, and I really don't understand the
> > outcome. Please bear with me:
> >
> > $ ipython
> >
> > In [1]: !cat /home/varoquau/.matplotlib/matplotlibrc
> > backend     : GtkAgg
> >
> > In [2]: from pylab import *
> >
> > In [3]: ion()
> >
> > In [4]: plot([1,2,3])
> > Out[4]: [<matplotlib.lines.Line2D object at 0xccb4dac>]
> >
> > In [5]: from enthought.mayavi import mlab
> >
> > In [6]: mlab.test_surf()
> > Out[6]:<enthought.mayavi.modules.surface.Surface object at 0xd58ce0c>
> >
> > Two things I do not understand:
> >
> >      1) I can interact alright with the Mayavi plot, nice and fine
> >         eventhough there is not wx event-loop running, and I did not
> >         register a InputHook
> >
> >      2) I did not get a segfault, while I am running at the same time GTK
> >         and Wx. This used to be a big no no.
> >
> > I believe that 1 is due to matplotlib registering an InputHook, but I
> > cannot find where it is done. Also, does this seems to mean that under
> > Linux GTK input hooks work for Wx (and they are nicer since they don't
> > poll).
>
> No, mpl is not registering an InputHook, but pygtk is.  Maybe this is
> having a side effect because wx on linux is a wrapper around gtk.
>
> To get a hook registered explicitly for wx, you need to use "ipython
> --gui wx"
>
>
I should clarify.  All IPython is doing in 0.11 for qt4, gtk and tk is to
tell each GUI toolkit to install its inputhook.  Here is the gtk version:

http://github.com/ipython/ipython/blob/master/IPython/lib/inputhook.py#L457

Part of the difficulty is that each GUI toolkits has a different API for
doing this.  We make the API uniform and add a wx inputhook using ctypes.

Cheers,

Brian


> Eric
>
> >
> > Anyhow, this is good news, eventhough I don't understand it at all.
> >
> > Gaël
>
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Brian E. Granger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
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