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gtk2-perl: how to update image widget from callback?

by wdef2 (Acolyte)
on Oct 01, 2012 at 11:57 UTC ( #996628=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
wdef2 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Okay I give up. I have googled and googled. I swear there is not a single explicit snippet on the entire web about how to do this in gtk2-perl, which unfortunately says something about the documentation, given that it must be a very common problem. Usually I can find a snippet to show me how to do just about anything in Perl if I look hard enough. Not this time.

I have a widget displaying a default image. Once the action starts in a callback, I want to change that displayed image.

I have tried printing to an indirect filehandle as for communicating between subs, and that doesn't work. I have tried calling $img_scaled->show() or Gtk2 ->main_iteration again in the callback's sub until I'm blue in the face. It just don't work. It seems the main loop is blocked on that callback and simply cannot see a change to that global pixbuf made in a callback. And yet I can pass refreshed text to a textbox in that same UI using the indirect filehandle method.

Help please, O Monks! (*teeth marks on my laptop*).

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Re: gtk2-perl: how to update image widget from callback?
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 01, 2012 at 12:07 UTC
      Oh great more possibly relevant code to wade through. I did google for C examples but not on Perlmonks. That's where I discovered that, in using Gtk2 in C, it seems you can just change the widget and call the the main loop again from the callback - how simple is that! - which does not work in Perl for me. Frankly I'm tired of looking which I why I'm posting, there isn't a single clear blog or doc explaining this in Perl-gtk2. And the gtk2-perl docs are mere type and arg expanders, look auto generated, and show few or no examples whatsoever. Time to move to another toolkit?, which does not show a working solution, suggests this can be done by writing and updating a temp file and using a timeout to periodically clear and reload the image from there. Leaving aside the feeling that a temp file is a kludge, where does this timeout go? In or outside the main loop?

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