Pygame event problem

Anand anandpillai6 at
Thu Sep 26 02:06:37 EDT 2002

Hi Shinners

        That was very helpful! I had thought of making another post
about the possibility of embedding the pygame window into wxPython,
but you have answered that also. :-)

 I am a python newbie as you should have guessed. Just finished reading
the pygame/wxPython tutorials so I thought I will make an attempt at putting
them together. 

 I will try your suggestions in order. Could you suggest some links to
learn python multithreading ?


Anand Pillai

Pete Shinners <pete at> wrote in message news:<Bplk9.73049$gA4.26401 at sccrnsc02>...
> Anand wrote:
> >   I wrote a simple image viewer in python using pygame image api. The
> > GUI is in wxPython. There are 2 classes, one for the window frame and one
> > for the pygame image processing.
> >    The effect is stopped by clicking with the mouse on the pygame
> > display window. My problem is that if I try to invoke any other menu methods
> > in the main GUI frame *without doing this*, the application ie both the
> > wxFrame and the pygame display window, hangs.
> > 
> > 
> >   I have a gut-feeling that this is because I am calling a method on
> > the MyPyGameImgViewer class without exiting the while loop.
> > 
> >  Is there a way around this, ie to call any method in the
> > MyPyGameImgViewer class from the GUI class, while one of its methods
> > is executing a while loop
> i'd be a little afraid of mixing wxpython and pygame like this, but it
> sounds like you are pretty close to running. to exit the pygame loop you
> could probably just pass it a mouse button event
> e = pygame.event.Event(MOUSEBUTTONDOWN)
> of course, that also means you'll probably want to clear the pygame event
> queue before starting your while loop. also, to clear the event queue it
> will probably be better to get _all_ the events from the queue. otherwise
> it will fill up with mouse motion and other types of events. change the
> event part of the loop to this
> if pygame.event.peek(MOUSEBUTTONDOWN):
>    pygame.event.get()
>    break
> instead, you could also filter the pygame event queue, so only mouse button
> events were put onto the queue. the code for that would be like this
> pygame.event.set_allowed(None) #allow no events
> pygame.event.set_allowed(MOUSEBUTTONDOWN) #only allow buttondown
> also, there are ways to get SDL to work within an embedded window.
> therefore embed into a wxpython control. basically it involves setting an
> environment variable to an existing window id/handle. wxpython allows you
> to get the id/handle you need. the code to embed the SDL window looks kind
> of like this:
> handle = wxpython_widget.get_window_id_i_forget_how()
> os.environ['SDL_WINDOWID'] = str(handle)
> if sys.platform == 'win32':
>     os.environ['SDL_VIDEODRIVER'] = 'windib' #no directx embedded
> pygame.init()
> size_is_ignored = 10, 10
> window = pygame.display.set_mode(size_is_ignored)
> also, since you are likely only using the display portion of pygame, no
> need to initialize the whole thing (like audio/cd/joystick/etc). you could
> change the "pygame.init()" call do just "pygame.display.init()"
> that should be pretty slick when you get it working. although it's been a
> long time since i did anything like this. this should be all the correct info.
> oh, also remember, when you embed the SDL window like this, it will not
> receive any input events. you'll need to use wxpython's event handling for
> that.

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