Okay, so you can't send extra arguments through a slot when you connect it in pyQt4. What I mean by that is if you are connecting to a button's clicked() signal it has zero arguments, so you don't get to send anything to your slot.
This was a really big annoyance, I wanted to send arbitrary arguments defined at connect time. So I looked, and I looked and eventually, I found this treasure. Awesome.
# this creates a class that allows currying of functions class Curry: #keep a reference to all curried instancesÂ· #or they are immediately garbage collected instances =  def __init__(self, func, *args, **kwargs): self.func = func self.pending = args[:] self.kwargs = kwargs.copy() self.instances.append(self) def __call__(self, *args, **kwargs): kw = self.kwargs kw.update(kwargs) funcArgs = self.pending + args #sometimes we want to limit the number of arguments that get passed, #calling the constructor with the option __max_args__ = n will limit #the function call args to the first n items maxArgs = kw.get("__max_args__", -1) if maxArgs != -1: funcArgs = funcArgs[:maxArgs] del kw["__max_args__"] return self.func(*funcArgs, **kw)
And for usage...
button_1 = QtGui.QPushButton( "Button One" ) QtCore.QObject.connect( button_1, QtCore.SIGNAL( "clicked()" ), Curry( self.myslot, 'Hey, button one!' ) ) button_2 = QtGui.QPushButton( "Button One" ) QtCore.QObject.connect( button_2, QtCore.SIGNAL( "clicked()" ), Curry( self.myslot, 'Word, button two!' ) )
It's just what I needed, this is going into my stash of helpful hints.