Python 2.3b1 and _tkinter.Tcl_Obj

Stephen D Evans sde at
Wed Apr 30 20:01:00 CEST 2003

Is this Python or Tk/Tcl? Is it a bug or a feature?

There are some inconsistencies in the types returned by some Tkinter widgets
when using cget() or configure() e.g.
Menu widgets return a Tcl_Obj (typename='border'), Buttons return a string.

The following code demonstrates using configure() rather than cget()

# Python 2.3b1 (#40, Apr 25 2003, 19:06:24) [MSC v.1200 32 bit (Intel)] on
import Tkinter
import _tkinter
import types

# workaround
#Tkinter.wantobjects = 0

for name in Tkinter.__dict__:
    c = getattr(Tkinter, name)
    if isinstance(c, types.ClassType) and Tkinter.Widget in c.__bases__:
        widget = c()
        tup = widget.configure('background')[3:] # last two
        print c, type(tup[0]), type(tup[1])

        assert 2 == len(tup)
        for i in tup:
            assert isinstance(i, (types.StringType, _tkinter.Tcl_Obj))
            assert not isinstance(i, _tkinter.Tcl_Obj) or i.typename ==

I found this while fiddling with the Pmw megawidget (
tests and demos
under Python 2.3b1

Stephen D Evans

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