[Fred L. Drake, Jr., on import *]
If Guido will back off on saying that it's acceptable to use it that way, I can assure you the docs will be corrected. But if he's still advocating that usage (silly Dutchman), I don't think I should touch it. Even if it is silly.
Guido never advocates it, but you're not going to get him to say it's Evil either. The thing is, an intelligent adult can use import-* profitably and safely, in the handful of cases an intelligent adult realizes it's profitable and safe to do so <wink>.
When Jeremy played w/ "import *"-inside-functions wngs, most popped up in Guido's code. This was most often
from Tkinter import *
in a module's _test() function, where doing so was handy amd harmless.
I never use it myself -- but then I never write Tkinter code, and "stat" is some Unix abomination <wink>.
It couldn't hurt to add an "intelligent adult" warning to the docs! I suggest an icon showing a refined English lady trying hard not to notice a West Virginian next to her picking his nose.
perfect-images-are-too-rare-to-pass-up-ly y'rs - tim