[New-bugs-announce] [issue24570] IDLE Autocomplete and Call Tips Do Not Pop Up

Alessandro Rosa report at bugs.python.org
Sun Jul 5 22:48:27 CEST 2015

New submission from Alessandro Rosa:

I recently upgraded to Python 2.7.10 on my MacOSX Yosemite computer. I also added a Python 3.4.3 installation. At the time I upgraded Tcl/Tk with ActiveTcl 8.5.18 as was suggested on the Python for MacOSX installation page.

At this point, Autocomplete and Call Tips stopped popping up. I checked the preferences and it seemed to be turned on. The delay was set to 2000, so I changed that to 2, but nothing happened. Pressing <ctrl>-Spacebar and then using the down arrow key lets me cycle through the the available functions, but putting a dot after an object has no effect, and if I open parentheses, I get no tips. This is both in the IDLE Shell and Editor windows.

I tried to redo everything by deleting all instances of Python from my drive. I reinstalled them, reloaded all packages, and Autocomplete and call tips still are not popping up. Is there any known issues or is there a workaround? Do I possibly need to add or change the new Tk path somewhere so that IDLE can find what it needs to popup autocomplete? Is there a way that I can initiate IDLE Autocomplete and Call Tips during the coding session to manually get them to work?

I am somewhat new to Python, and I often rely on the autocomplete tips to remind me of what I need to do or what methods are available for an object. I really like IDLE but it is hard for me to use without this functionality. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

components: IDLE, Macintosh, Tkinter
messages: 246337
nosy: Alessandro Rosa, ned.deily, ronaldoussoren
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: IDLE Autocomplete and Call Tips Do Not Pop Up
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.7, Python 3.4

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