[Import-sig] Why add '' to sys.path if there's an __init__.py?

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Mon, 02 Oct 2000 20:18:20 -0500

>   This relates to SourceForge bug report #115528:
> http://sourceforge.net/bugs/?func=detailbug&bug_id=115528&group_id=5470
>   This reports a problem that I vaguely recall having heard complaints
> about before.  Essentially, the user is running Python with a script
> stored in the same directory as the contents of a package:
> 	foo/__init__.py
>             module.py
>             script.py
>   The complaint is that "module" can be imported as "module" (in the
> top-level "unnamed" package), and as "foo.module", where it should
> be.  I don't think this is actually a bug (which is why I've closed
> the report), but it is clearly something that gets in the way of real
> users.
>   I think we get better behavior if we remove '' from sys.path if
> there's an __init__.py file present; importing foo.module would still
> work, but import module would raise an ImportError exception.
>   Comments please!

Very clever.  But what if the package's (grand*)parent is *not* on
sys.path?  I say it's a user error and that's that.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)