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…context sensitive help.

The script requires Python 2.5. See comments at the head of the script
for more information.

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begin : 2009-11-16
copyright : (C) 2009 by Gary E.Sherman
email : gsherman at
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* This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify *
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* the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or *
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This script generates a unique context id based for use in the QGIS
context sensitive help system. It uses the SHA1 hash for the class name
and converts the first 12 characters to a unique integer.
To create a context id, pass the name of the QGIS class on the command line.
./ QgsAbout
This script requires Python 2.5 or higher (hashlib was introduced at 2.5).
NOTE: Due to a change in the way context ids are generated, ids
generated by the old method (Java hashCode function) will be different than
the id generated by the new method for the same class.
import hashlib
import sys
# check to see if a class name was specified and if so, craete the context id
if len(sys.argv) > 1:
hash = hashlib.sha1()
# set the hash to the name passed on the command line
# generate the context id by converting the first 12 characters of the hash
# to decimal
context_id = int(hash.hexdigest()[:12],16)
# print the result
print context_id
# if no class name was specified, give a bit of help
print "To generate a context sensitive help id, specify the QGIS class name on the command line"

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