Tkinter, IDLE keeps crashing

Ned Deily nad at
Sun Feb 17 23:02:25 CET 2013

In article <9d367487-4846-4caa-85e7-08ac570b4a6c at>,
 Ash Courchene <ash.courchene at> wrote:
> So I've actually had this problem for awhile, and I cant seem to get anything 
> to work. I've followed all the steps & procedures that my google searches 
> have provide me, but I can't seem to get the Tkinter module or the Python 
> IDLE IDE to work.
> For instance, if I click IDLE on my mac, it'll open up for a quick sec & 
> produce an error.
> Or if I go into the Python interpreter, I import Tkinter, call Tk()
> Then it says: CGColor 1 components Abort Trap: 6, then get an error. I'll 
> post this crash report below.
> My system is a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
> I'm running 2.7.3 Python
> I've installed the recommended version of ActiveState TCL/TK

Most likely you have a non-default preference set (color or font) that 
is causing the problem.  IDLE and especially Tk on OS X has been known 
to be vulnerable to this.  To try working around it, open a terminal 
session and rename the IDLE settings directory:

cd $HOME
mv .idlerc idlerc-disabled

Then try relaunching IDLE.  If that solves it, it would be nice if you 
could open an issue on the Python bug tracker ( 
and attach to it the contents of the config files in the old 
idlerc-disabled directory.  There has been some fixes to IDLE since 
2.7.3 to make it more resilient; those will be in 2.7.4 which should be 
coming along in the near future.

 Ned Deily,
 nad at

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