inconsistent behavior with Anaconda Python of wxPython dialogs

January 06, 2017, at 12:13 PM

I'm seeing some odd behavior with my wxPython application. If I try to open a DirDialog during before the first wx.Frame.init is over, the DirDialog opens but closes immediately, returning wx.ID_CANCEL. Then, if I open a second DirDialog, it works as normal.

I get this error only with my Anaconda distribution of Python. I don't get it with my Canopy Python distribution or my brew-installed Python.

Here is the code:

class simpleapp_wx(wx.Frame):
    def __init__(self, parent, title='my application'):
        wx.Frame.__init__(self, parent, wx.ID_ANY, title, size=(300, 300))
        self.parent = parent
        print 'first try'
        self.choose_directory(None) # closes immediately if using Anaconda
        print 'second try'
    def initialize(self):
        self.sizer = wx.BoxSizer(wx.HORIZONTAL)
        wx_version = wx.StaticText(self, -1, label=str(wx.__version__))
        self.sizer.Add(wx_version, flag=wx.ALL, border=10)
        button = wx.Button(self, -1, label="Click me!")
        self.sizer.Add(button, flag=wx.ALL, border=10)
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_BUTTON, self.choose_directory, button)
        self.label = wx.StaticText(self, -1, label=u'Hello !')
        self.sizer.Add(self.label, flag=wx.ALL, border=10)
    def choose_directory(self, event):
        dlg = wx.DirDialog(self, message="please choose a directory")
        res = dlg.ShowModal()
        if res == wx.ID_OK:
            new_dir = dlg.GetPath()
            return new_dir
            return "."

When I run the above code with Anaconda, I see one DirDialog. When I run it with any other Python, I see two DirDialogs.

I have tried different versions of the wx package and different versions of Python, and I get the odd behavior with all Anaconda permutations and the expected behavior with all non-Anaconda permutations.

I have a hack-y solution that produces the correct behavior with Anaconda or non-Anaconda Python:

if 'Anaconda' in sys.version.split()[1]:

Anyone have a better solution, or an explanation of this strange behavior?

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