Martin v. Löwis wrote:
Some libraries (not necessarily in Python) have gone the path of providing a "unified" API for all kinds of file stream access, e.g. in KDE, any tool can open files over many protocols, without the storage being mounted locally.
Maybe a compromise would be to provide an extended version of open() that knew about zip files. This could be a stand-alone facility to complement zip importing, and needn't be tied to distutils or setuptools or anything like that. Code which finds things using module __file__ attributes would work exactly the way it does now as long as it used the special open().