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Clear QTableView Data

  • Hello,

    I'm buidling an app that parses data from XML file and show data in a QTableView. The Table is connected to a QAbstractTableModel and a QSortFilterProxyModel.

    My app as far works well, I press a pushButton, I select an xml file, it gets parsed and the table gets filled with data. I want to be able to import a second file without getting to relaunch the app.

    I implemented a resetData() in my TableModel() class which does set the self._items to an empty list, as the below code shows. However, I get errors from the LessThan() ProxyModel method saying that TypeError: '<' not supported between instances of 'str' and 'NoneType'

    class MainWindow(QtWidgets.QMainWindow, Ui_MainWindow):
    	def __init__(self, mlist=None):
    		super(MainWindow, self).__init__()
    		self.Table = QtWidgets.QTableView
    		self.model = TableModel() #QAbstractTableModel subclass
    		self.proxyModel = ProxyModel() #QSortFilterProxyModel subclass
                    self.empty = True
    	def LoadData(self):
                   if not self.empty:
                   self.empty = False 
                      parsing xml and filling Model Data code lines...
    class TableModel(QtCore.QAbstractTableModel):
        def __init__(self, mlist=None):
            super(TableModel, self).__init__()
            self._items = [] if mlist == None else mlist
        def resetData(self):
            self._items = []

  • @hachbani
    You are causing a sort to compare strs against Nones. (Because items no longer exist.)

    In resetData(), withself._items = [] you must inform the model/proxies/views that the source model data has been changed. See QAbstractItemModel::beginResetModel(), QAbstractItemModel::endResetModel(), QAbstractItemModel::modelReset().

  • I modified my LoadData() method so it looks like this now:

    def LoadData(self):
            if not self.empty:
            self.empty = False 

    I don't get the ProxyModel errors anymore, but it's been 5minutes that it's runnig (normal execution time is 30 seconds)

  • @hachbani said in Clear QTableView Data:

    I don't get the ProxyModel errors anymore

    Well that's a start!

    I would have put the beginResetModel() inside def resetData(self) as that's where it belongs when you derive from QAbstractTableModel.

    Is what you show all your code for class TableModel(QtCore.QAbstractTableModel)? You must do more than this! See, rowCount() etc.? And what is the original "30 seconds" anyway, never mind the "5 minutes", do you have billions of rows??

    Otherwise, not sure, but you can disable proxy model sorting etc. while you change the underlying model data for speed. But I don't see that's relevant if you are clearing all data.

  • No I have rowCount, columnCount, data, setData, flags and other methods as well in my TableModel class, I've only put the relevant one to my question here.

    about the 5 minutes, in other words, It's taking forever for LoadData to run again, it doesn't work. I don' know what he problem is neither how to debug it

  • @hachbani
    Well I don't know what the rest of your code. I don't know how your XML parsing goes, and so on.

    You didn't answer a simple question: how many rows does your model have? If it's not in the billions, I would expect 30 seconds let alone 5+ minutes! Nor do I know why what you have changed would impose a much higher time.

    The 5 lines you show in LoadData() can hardly take 0.5/5 minutes! So I assume it;s parsing the data and/or putting the lines into your model? One thing --- though I don't think it would be this order of time --- I think it says somewhere it's not good to be populating a model a row at a time if you're doing sorting proxy. See

    Break your code down. Can't you test without the sorting/filtering? Put in some judicious print outs of time elapsed, you should be able to identify where most of this time is being spent.

  • I have about 1500 rows at my table. I'll try do my best debugging this.
    And yes, I'm adding data to my table row by row, is that a bad approach ? I'll document more on this and try to come up with a more clean way to do this.


  • @hachbani
    Nothing in "1,500 rows" should take 30 seconds, let alone 5 minutes. I know that's a broad statement, but you know what i mean! 1,500 lines/nodes of XML is nothing, computers do that in their sleep :)

    The "adding row by row" potential-slowness is to do with the sorting proxy, as per the link I gave you. (Though like I said I'd be surprised if that had anything near 5 minute overhead.)

    You seem to be a reasonable programmer! So don't despair, the time should be east to track down. Find out where it is. For example, comment out adding the lines into the model, just time the XML parsing to start with. Then comment out placing a QSortFilterProxyModel on the source model. And so on.

    I cannot see why clearing out the model data or calling beginResetModel() would cause some great degradation in speed.

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