tkinter, sockets and threads together

Discussion in 'Python' started by Julia Goolia, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. Julia Goolia

    Julia Goolia Guest


    i read that it is bad to use threads with tkinter. so my question is
    how does one create a gui program with sockets? at one point you have
    to call mainloop() which does not return. then you are not free to do
    stuff with the sockets.

    what's up with that?

    thanks so much for your time!
    Julia Goolia, Sep 11, 2003
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  2. For reading from a socket you can use file events. See Tkinter Summary
    at my site <> for the basics.

    To avoid blocking while writing (i.e.queue up the output data and write
    it as the network permits), I ended up using threads. There are probably
    other options.

    The package "RO Util", available at th web site mentioned above includes
    a simple class RO.Comm.TkSocket that handles input and output nicely,
    while hiding the details of file events and the writing thread.

    You could also use the Twisted Framework. It is reportedly well done and
    integrate nicely with Tkinter and other frameworks. I can't speak from
    personal experience as I've not yet tried it.

    -- Russell
    Russell E. Owen, Sep 11, 2003
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  3. On Unix, you can use Tk file handlers for sockets, i.e. have Tcl
    select(2) not only on the connection to the X11 server (which is a
    socket itself), but also select on your sockets. This is readily
    supported in _tkinter.

    On Windows, you have no choice but to use threads. If the socket
    processing threads have no relationship to the Tk thread, everything
    is fine. However, in many cases, interaction of some kind is
    needed. In this case, it is ok to call Tk methods from other threads,
    as long as they translate to "fast" commands, i.e. commands that only
    modify state, but don't block - you should not run the mainloop in
    multiple threads.

    Martin v. =?iso-8859-15?q?L=F6wis?=, Sep 11, 2003
  4. Richard Townsend, Sep 11, 2003
  5. Julia Goolia

    Steve Holden Guest

    Well, one page worth reading would be Jacob Hallén's

    recipe, which IIRC is pretty general.

    Steve Holden, Sep 12, 2003
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