Contents of VBox don't draw after putting it in Viewport

It's a long shot, but I am hoping that someone might recognize my problem
from this general description.  I tried to reduce my code to a test case,
but it works there.  After spending an entire day on this problem, I am

I have a bunch of labels and entries in a vbox.  I added the vbox to page 1
of a notebook (the second page).  Everything worked fine.  I encountered a
situation in which some of the labels and entries did not fit on the page,
so I put the vbox in a viewport, the viewport in a scrolledwindow, and I
added the scrolledwindow to the notebook instead of the vbox.  Now when I
go to the mode in which the notebook is visible I find that page 0 appears,
but when I select page 1 I see nothing.  If *after exposing (the blank)
page 1* I leave the mode in which this notebook is active and then return,
the contents do appear.  The contents appear promptly when I add the vbox
to the page directly, but when the same vbox is inside a scrolledwindow
with viewport they appear only after trying once to view them, switching to
a mode in which the notebook is not visible, then returning.

My first thought was show_all.  However, if that were the problem then it
would not work to leave and return.  In any case, I do a show_all on the

I modified the code so that page 1 appears initially when I enter the mode
in which the notebook is visible.  In that case, the contents of page 1
appear immediately, but when I switch to page 0 I now see none of the
widgets that reside inside the scrolledwindow with viewport on that page (a
combobox that is not inside the scrolledwindow with viewport is visible).
(And incidentally, I cannot make them appear by leaving the mode in which
the notebook is visible and returning, although that procedure does make
the contents of page 1 appear in the unmodified code.  However, when I
activate the combobox, the contents of page 0 appear instantly.)  If I
further modify the code so that the vbox on page 0 is added directly to
page 0 without the scrolledwindow with viewport, then all the contents of
page 0 appear as soon as I select page 0.  The problem seems to be related
to a scrolledwindow with viewport on a hidden page of a notebook.  However,
in my test program I put a bunch of labels in a vbox in a viewport in a
scrolledwindow on two pages of a notebook and both pages appear without

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
Jeffrey Barish

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