Tk packing problem, in_ parameter fails?

Russell E. Owen owen at nospam.invalid
Fri Aug 9 17:29:34 CEST 2002

Typically if I want to display a widget in its own window (Toplevel), I 
create the Toplevel first, then create the widget with the Toplevel as 
its master. However, sometimes it would be more convenient to create the 
widget first, then the Toplevel. Both grid and pack offer an "in_" 
parameter that is supposed to allow one to grid or pack a widget 
someplace other than inside its parent. However, when I try to use it, 
it fails.

>>> from Tkinter import *
>>> root = Tk()
>>> tl = Toplevel(root)
>>> wdg = Label(master=root, text="Test")
>>> wdg.pack(in_=tl)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
  File "/sw/lib/python2.2/lib-tk/", line 1587, in 
TclError: can't pack .7358896 inside .7355136

Any idea what's how to make in_ work? Or how to solve the problem a 
different way? Is it possible to change the parent of an existing widget?

-- Russell

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