[PyQt] QAction, signals, eric4, Windows and Linux...

David Boddie david at boddie.org.uk
Tue Aug 24 23:33:14 BST 2010

On Mon Aug 23 20:07:26 BST 2010, fpp wrote:
> On a hunch I looked at the (Py)Qt documentation for QAction -- which
> I'd never had to do before because everything was automated by
> Designer/eric4.
> And the strange thing is, if I read correctly, QActions have an
> "activate()" method, but no "activated()" signal ?
> Their only signals are: changed(), hovered(), toggled(),
> triggered()... the latter being described as "emitted when an action
> is activated by the user". Duh.

The activated() signal is a "Qt 3 support member" of QAction:


This means that it is available if Qt has been built to contain code to
support APIs in Qt 3, to help people port applications from Qt 3 to Qt 4.
I guess the version of Qt for Maemo doesn't contain this code, so it won't

> So I changed the slot name to on_actionOpen_triggered(), and sure
> enough the code now works both under XP and Maemo...
> So I've found a reason, but not really the cause, and am left with
> more questions than I started with:
> - is eric4 wrong about the QAction "activated()" signal ?

No, but it really should be generating triggered() instead.

> - if so, why does it work under Windows ?

The legacy signal is there, and QMetaObject.connectSlotsByName() will
find it.

> - does it also work under "standard" desktop Linux ?

Yes, I think so.

> - or is it a specific Qt/PyQt bug in Maemo ?

No. I believe the lack of Qt 3 support is intentional.


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