wxPython: accessing wxFrame methods in __del__ fails

Stephen Thorne stephen.thorne at gmail.com
Thu Mar 24 07:28:41 CET 2005

On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 06:21:36 GMT, Alex VanderWoude <nospam at biteme.com> wrote:
> I am attempting to save my window's size and position when it closes.  So I
> figured I'd put some code in the __del__() method:
> from wxPython import *
> class MyWindow(wxFrame):
>     def __init__(self, parent, id=wxID_ANY, title=None, style=None):
>         # Some stuff here.
>     def __del__(self):
>         x, y = self.GetPositionTuple()
>         width, height = self.GetSizeTuple()
>         # Store the values in a file or something.
>         wxFrame.__del__(self)
> However, when I run this code I end up with an unhandled exception on the
> first line in __del__().  Apparently you can't call GetPositionTuple() (or
> GetSizeTuple() for that matter) in __del__().  I'm confused by this, because
> I thought that __del__() was called before the object was actually
> destroyed.  I can still do a dir(self), so obviously not everything
> associated with my instance is gone.  Or does that work because it's part of
> the class, not just my instance?  Any insight into this would be greatly
> appreciated.

Don't use __del__, use EVT_CLOSE

self.Bind(wx.EVT_CLOSE, self.OnClose)


def OnClose(self, evt): 
x, y = self.GetPositionTuple()

Stephen Thorne
Development Engineer

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