#37 Does not play well with Tkinter when on-quit handler invoked

Chui Tey

The following program:

import Tkinter
import sys

root = Tkinter.Tk()

console = Tkinter.Button(root, text='Done',


locks up the running program if "Done" is pressed. The
program stops locking when the Shell window is closed.

I observed this behaviour on Windows 2000, running
ASPN Python 2.2.


  • Kurt B. Kaiser

    Kurt B. Kaiser - 2003-01-03

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    Confirmed on IDLEfork/Linux. Code can be Run again, though,
    don't need to close shell. Is that true for Windows?

    Same program crashes Python IDLE on second button press,
    something about a Tk callback error. Probably some kind of
    self abuse issue?

  • Kurt B. Kaiser

    Kurt B. Kaiser - 2003-01-03
    • status: open --> open-accepted
  • David Harris

    David Harris - 2003-03-01

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    The same behavior occurs when the command is "sys.exit".

    Since the 'Close Window' widget works correctly, I looked at
    the Tkinter source to learn what was different. But I didn't go
    very far before I encountered some example code in
    Tkinter.py which uses tk.destroy as the command (where

    Once I change to "destroy", the given code exits correctly,
    erasing the window.

    Windows XP. IdleFork 0.92a. Python 2.2.2

  • David Harris

    David Harris - 2003-03-17

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    I have tried several work-arounds and have come up with
    a quit technique which always works. Unfortunately, I
    can't figure out how to change IDLEfork to accomplish the
    necessary action.

    The problem is that quit() (a member of the Misc class)
    goes for the jugular and tries to kill the top-top-level
    widget - the Tk() window opened by IDLE.

    I found that walking the container chain backwards and
    destroying the first 'Tk' widget works, even it Tk() is not
    explicitly invoked by the application (that is,
    master=None). Here's an example:

    def quit(self): # where self is a Tk widget or an instance
    # object with a widget attribute
    parent = self
    while parent.winfo_class() != 'Tk':
    if parent.master == None:
    parent = parent.master

    The fact that this works indicates to me that Misc quit() is
    ignoring the toplevel window for the application and
    zapping IDLE's toplevel window instead.

  • Kurt B. Kaiser

    Kurt B. Kaiser - 2003-09-10
    • priority: 5 --> 3

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