Re: [Gtk-osx-users] Notes on handling Apple events with gtk_osxapplication and PyGTK

On Aug 29, 2010, at 10:10 PM, Richard Procter wrote:

> On 27/08/2010, at 9:20 AM, Richard Procter wrote:
>> On 27/08/2010, at 4:14 AM, John Ralls wrote:
>>> Rather, it sounds like the notification handler isn't turned on
>>> until NSApplication::FinshedLaunching is called, and that OSX
>>> doesn't queue the notification until then. I'll have to dig into
>>> that a bit, but ISTM the event loop is going to be required for
>>> properly handling the notification.
>> Yes. Since writing, I've dug into it a little further and decided the
>> most convenient thing from the point of view of the user is for the
>> signal to be emitted only after ready() has been called as otherwise
>> all sorts of hoop jumping is required. The docs suggest there is a
>> way to holdoff the OS X notification on startup, if I'm reading them
>> right, which I'm looking into more deeply at the moment.
> I've found the problem. I ran some tests in the weekend, and
> gtk_osxapplication was doing the right thing no matter how long I
> delayed the call to OSXApplication.ready() whether via a sleep() call
> or just spin-waiting. So the problem was not a race condition as I had
> assumed, and due to something in my initialisation code.
> Looking at the appropriate docs(*), when the user indicates they want
> to open a document in the Finder, OS X injects the appropriate
> high-level Apple Event into the application's event queue. As far as
> I can tell, all events, whether Apple Events or low-level input
> device events, are received asynchronously by the NSApplication via
> a Mach port and placed on a single FIFO to be processed by the
> application's event loop.
> So what was my initialisation code doing? It turns out that my app was
> explicitly flushing the gtk event queue in order to post a splash
> screen and show the main window to provide some immediate feedback for
> the user before doing some stuff and calling gtk.main() later on(**):
> the AppleEvent on the event queue was processed as a side-effect(***)
> and never got to invoke my signal handler, which was attached
> afterwards.
> So my immediate problem is solved, which is great.
> I think it would help prevent this gotcha biting people in future, to
> add a note to the signal docs pointing out that Apple Events are
> processed like any other on the gtk event queue.
> Just thinking though the possibilites, another approach would be to
> buffer AppleEvents until OSXApplication.ready() is invoked, possibly
> by adding a hook to the core gdk-quartz event loop to enable the
> OSXApplication object to vet and filter the events passed to the
> NSApp. It may well be difficult to do this cleanly though and I
> haven't taken the time to think it through or think of
> better approaches.
> regards,
> Richard.
> (*) References:
> - Apple Events Programming Guide:
> AppleScript/Conceptual/AppleEvents/AppleEvents.pdf
> - How an Event Eneters a Cocoa Application: http:// 
> EventOverview/EventArchitecture/EventArchitecture.html#//apple_ref/ 
> doc/uid/10000060i-CH3-SW1
> (**) via
> while gtk.events_pending():
> 	gtk.main_iteration()
> (***) see gdk/gdkeventloop-quartz.c: gdk_event_dispatch() and  
> gdkevents-quartz.c: _gdk_events_queue(), where the NSApp gets passed  
> anything that gdk doesn't know how to deal with. 

Thanks for the analysis. I can add something to the docs.

Having gdkevents-quartz buffer events until GTKOSXApplication:ready() is called isn't going to happen until the Gtk+ devs decide to integrate it into Gtk+ proper.

John Ralls

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