QT Repaint/Redraw/Update/Do Something


Question

I'm New to QT. I understand that you can force a display refresh, but I've pulled all my hair out trying to figure out how. Here is what I'm specifically trying to do.

I press a button (onClick signal event), which runs code that changes an image (QLabel) on the display, waits for input, and then proceeds by changing a new image (different QLabel). I've tried everything and the display doesn't refresh until the onclick signal event code is complete. Right now, I'm not waiting for user input, I'm using usleep(~500 ms) for testing purposes.

From what I read, QT is event driven meaning that I'm basically creating a bunch of events, that get put in a que, and executed when the (onClick signal event) returns to the (main loop)/(event handler). I don't want to wait until the function is complete, it's going to make programming extremely painful if I have to accomplish this routine entirely based on events.

How can I force the QLabel pixmap to refresh. I've tried everything. Below is all the code I have tried in my onClick signal event handler. (upButton is the name of the QLabel which is a pixmap)

update();
repaint();
ui->upButton->setUpdatesEnabled(TRUE);
update();
repaint();
QPaintEvent paintevent(ui->upButton->childrenRegion());
QPaintEvent * test = &paintevent;
paintEvent(test);
this->changeEvent(test);
ui->upButton->update();
ui->upButton->repaint();
ui->upButton->repaint(ui->upButton->childrenRegion());
repaint();
QApplication::sendPostedEvents();
this->parentWidget()->update();
usleep(100000);

As you can see, I'm just shooting in the dark at this point. I've tried to look at sample code and do all my homework, but I'm lost. Appreciate any help, advice, and or sample code.

1
21
8/30/2017 3:48:57 AM

I was using sleep to emulate a brief amount of time the computer was waiting for something to happen.

As I stated in my question, I didn't want to use events because it's a whole lot of unnecessary work to accomplish something extremely simply.

Also, the 'event' that needs to take place for the program to continue, is a USB event. Since I'm using an HID class device, there is no way to set an event to happen without a wait loop. USB HID classes don't permit setting interrupts, the OS claims the device.

I managed to get the above to work. I walked through the debugger and noticed the display would refresh before the sleep function. Running the program independently, I got random results with the display refreshing 1% of the time. I got rid of the sleep function, and added some other code in it's place to emulate a delay, and it was fine.

Just for everyone's knowledge, this is possible, it's not forbidden, and it's easy to do with the following:

qApp->processEvents();

qApp is a global external variable in the QApplication header.

Because this USB event is making my flow tricky, I stumbled upon the QWaitCondition Class. I was going to start a process waiting for the USB event. I would wait until the process releases the wait condition for my routine to continue.

But if anyone thinks this is a bad idea, please, speak out. I really do appreciate your feedback PiedPiper and Hostile Fork.

Thank you.

22
1/14/2010 7:26:42 PM

Licensed under: CC-BY-SA with attribution
Not affiliated with: Stack Overflow
Icon