[vbox-dev] Python bindings: inline help possible?

Nikolay Igotti nikolay.igotti at oracle.com
Fri Mar 11 06:44:50 GMT 2011

  Hi Aleksey,
 Nice idea - but unfortunately it's not how it works. Python bindings 
work via COM/XPCOM or via webservices. For COM/XPCOM
no wrappers explicitly generated  - you can invoke any COM/XPCOM objects 
same way, so it's not possible to add help this way.
It could be possible for WS wrappers, but unfortunately I'm busy with 
another subproject.
Feel free to write a patch yourself - I can review and integrate.


Alexey Eromenko wrote:
> When I query vbox classes from python help I do not get anything useful.
> Example code:
> from vboxapi import VirtualBoxManager
> mgr = VirtualBoxManager(None, None)
> vbox = mgr.vbox
> help(vbox)
> it returns nothing useful, except C++ class it is based on.
> I would like to see:
> 1. class comments (can it be forwarded to python-bindings-maker via
> Doxygen or somehow?)
> 2. list of class functions
> 3. list of class parameters
> Is it possible to make python bindings generate the inline help ?
> For now I use "SDKref.pdf" for this, but I think I would learn faster
> using python's built-in help.

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