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Bug 626254 - Migrate from PyGTK to PyGObject introspection-based bindings
Migrate from PyGTK to PyGObject introspection-based bindings
Product: orca
Classification: Applications
Component: general
Other Linux
: High normal
: ---
Assigned To: Joanmarie Diggs (IRC: joanie)
Orca Maintainers
Depends on: 653588 656314 657120
Blocks: 619398 626218
Reported: 2010-08-06 17:10 UTC by André Klapper
Modified: 2011-08-30 01:57 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: 2.31/2.32

Description André Klapper 2010-08-06 17:10:49 UTC
Grep'ing for pygtk-2.0 it seems that this module uses the stable bindings provided by PyGTK. 

As it is unlikely that anybody will continue maintaining these stable bindings, applications using PyGTK should be ported to using the dynamic Python bindings provided by PyGObject (now that PyGI has been merged into PyGObject).
The feedback on migration provided by application maintainers will also help PyGObject to improve its dynamic bindings.

Please see for more information and guidelines.

For help there is a mailing list at . For getting involved in the development of pygobject there is a mailing list at . There is also the #python IRC channel on

./README:* pygtk            - GTK+ Python bindings
./test/harness/bin/slider:import pygtk
./test/harness/bin/progressbar:import pygtk
./src/orca/ pygtk
./,,[AC_MSG_ERROR(Could not find pygtk 2.0)])
Comment 1 André Klapper 2011-01-17 21:04:31 UTC
[Removing 3.0 target as this is not a hard blocker, but a nice to have]
Comment 2 Joanmarie Diggs (IRC: joanie) 2011-06-10 02:14:44 UTC
The team's decision to maintain two 'unstable' branches in Orca, while more work for us, would seem to have some happy side effects including <drum roll please>: We just eliminated any need to have a single Orca branch which could support both PyGTK and PyGObject Introspection.

Woo hoo!!

As a result, what was a rather mammoth task, is now just a large, tedious one. ;-) I'm down with that. :-)

Bumping this one up on my to-do list. 3.1.3 at the latest, maybe even by 3.1.2 if the Fates are feeling charitable.
Comment 3 Joanmarie Diggs (IRC: joanie) 2011-06-28 19:53:06 UTC
The Fates are clearly not feeling charitable. See bug 653588.
Comment 4 Joanmarie Diggs (IRC: joanie) 2011-08-22 22:08:44 UTC
With bug 657120, Orca hangs if a key is pressed.
Comment 5 Joanmarie Diggs (IRC: joanie) 2011-08-30 01:57:37 UTC

We can open new bugs for the various issues we'll undoubtedly find.