[Tkinter-discuss] Dragging and dropping into a database

Bob Greschke bob at passcal.nmt.edu
Mon May 1 14:39:10 EDT 2017

> On 2017-05-01, at 12:09, Michael Lange <klappnase at web.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, 1 May 2017 11:12:43 -0600
> Bob Greschke <bob at passcal.nmt.edu> wrote:
>> We have a Python/Tkinter inventory program that I wrote that users
>> access using X-Windows (Xming, XQuartz, etc.). It can't directly access
>> files on the users computer, of course, but cutting and pasting text
>> into a Toplevel with a text widget in it does make that text available
>> to the program. You can hit a Save button, the program will read the
>> Text() and save it to the database, for example.
>> Could the same thing be done with a .gif or a .pdf file? If there was a
>> Toplevel that was designed for dragging and dropping .gif/.png files
>> to, could it "interpret" the dragged stuff in such a way that it could
>> then take the info and turn it into let's say uuencode, display that in
>> the window, then when the user hits a Save button that uuencoded text
>> gets read, run through PhotoImage and saved in the database?
> for drag and drop you might try the tkdnd wrapper from
> http://tkinterdnd.sourceforge.net/
> (it's pretty old Python2-code; from a quick glance I think that changing
> the import line from
> import Tkinter
> into something like
> try:
>    import Tkinter
> except ImportError:
>    import tkinter as Tkinter
> might be all that is needed to make it work with Python3 though)
> With the tkdnd test script I can drop a bunch of filenames from Xfe onto a
> Tk window here (Debian Jessie). However I am not sure if this helps you
> any, since of course these files would still have to be read...
> Regards
> Michael

Hi Michael!

Yeah, quickly searching went right to tkdnd. We're still Python2, so no problem there.

I'm starting to think that copy and paste into a window may be the only option, but I'm not sure what Xming/XQuartz will do with the file.

Oh, well, I Command-C'ed a text file on my Mac to a Toplevel in the program with Ctrl-V and the file name was typed in the Text(). That's cute. :) "Paste" didn't even show up in the XQuartz Edit menu after the Command-C. This may just not be possible.

I guess I could give everyone a little utility that produces a uuencode'd file from their .gif, or whatever, on their Desktop, and then they copy and paste the contents of that into a program's Toplevel/Text() after opening it with their favorite text editor. Then select a menu item to suck in whatever it was they pasted.

Are users that smart? Dang. ;)


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