[Import-SIG] improving ImportError

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Wed Sep 21 21:59:36 CEST 2011

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:06, Eric Snow <ericsnowcurrently at gmail.com>wrote:

> Armin Ronacher has an interesting blog post about some of the
> challenges of using Python's imports:
> http://lucumr.pocoo.org/2011/9/21/python-import-blackbox/
> In particular, his main point about "not found" vs. "broken" vs.
> "problem with inner import" got me thinking.  Would it be a bad idea
> to split ImportError into more specific exceptions?  I imagine that
> cataloguing the different causes of ImportError and how someone might
> react to those differently wouldn't be too hard...

Without reading the blog post, granularity never hurt. But first thing is
first, I need to get an attribute or  two on ImportError to help identify
what has gone wrong: http://bugs.python.org/issue1559549 .
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