Advice for wxPython error: "'NoneType' object is not callable" in ignored

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Sun Mar 2 01:46:50 CET 2003


This post is about an issue relating to wxPython, module importing and
global variables referring to (native?) wxWindows objects. (It is
mostly intended  as Google-bait for anyone else having the problem in
the future, but any further information is welcome.)

The following Python error message may indicate you have this problem:

Exception exceptions.TypeError: "'NoneType' object is not callable" in
 ignored


Simplest Problem Form
=====================
You have these files:

myapp.py
mypackage/__init__.py
mypackage/mymodule.py

With the following content:

# ---- myapp.py ----
import mypackage.mymodule


# ---- mypackage/__init__.py ----
# <empty>


# ---- mypackage/mymodule.py ----
import wxPython.wx

import mypackage  # <1>

myglobal = wxPython.wx.wxSize(780, 580) 

# -- <end> --

When you execute the command:

python myapp.py

The following is the output:

Exception exceptions.TypeError: "'NoneType' object is not callable" in
 ignored


Solutions
=========
* Don't have global variables ('myglobal' in this example) referring
to wxWindows objects. (Best solution.)

* Don't explictly import the parent package from a module within it.
(i.e. delete the line marked with "<1>"--it's not necessary in real
life anyway.) While this solves the problem in certain circumstances
you may run into the problem again if you have sub-packages which
import the parent package.


Explanation (as far as I understand things)
===========
Error messages of the form "<foo> in <bar> ignored" are generated when
an exception occurs in an object's __del__() method. (In this case it
would seem Python can't identify where the exception occurred which is
why "<bar>" is blank, leaving the message "<foo> in  ignored".)

The actual message indicates there are issues with the order of object
deletion with wxPython and global variables referring to
wxPython/wxWindows objects.


Other Resources
===============
See also particularly these messages on the 'wxPython-users' mailing
list:

* "[wxPython-users] Errors when app is closed by logging out",
   <http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Mail/Message/1545060>
   <http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Mail/Message/1545216>

* "[wxPython-users] weird bug with imports",
  <http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Mail/Message/1463373>
  <http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Mail/Message/1463822>

Hope this saves someone some time. :-)




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