[Tutor] Launching a file browser
michael.hall at critterpixstudios.com
Fri Apr 1 03:06:34 CEST 2005
Ah, so it has to do with access to the window manager. That answers a
On Mar 31, 2005, at 4:09 PM, Max Noel wrote:
> On Apr 1, 2005, at 00:14, Mike Hall wrote:
>> On Mar 31, 2005, at 12:21 AM, Max Noel wrote:
>>>> It's been too long since I used Python on MacOSX, but IIRC you
>>>> can't just run a Python GUI program from the shell. Or something
>>>> like that...you should ask this one on the python-mac SIG mailing
>>> You have to launch your script with pythonw, not with python.
>> I'm unclear on why a command like webbrowser.open() will comfortably
>> launch your default web browser (in my case Safari), but something as
>> ubiquitous to an OS as a file browser has special needs to launch.
>> Perhaps each application has custom written their file browser, and
>> I'm assuming they are each essentially doing system calls to the same
> No, the reason for that, IIRC, is that for the program to be able to
> interact with the window manager, it has to be launched with pythonw.
> When the program starts to display stuff elsewhere than in STDOUT or
> STDERR, an application launch is somehow triggered (icon appears in
> the Dock), which for some reason enables the user to interact with the
> Launching a web browser requires no interaction whatsoever with the
> WM, and can therefore be done with python.
> Yes, the python/pythonw distinction in Mac OS X is stupid, I'll give
> you that. I don't even know why it exists in the first place.
> -- Max
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