[IronPython] expose some namespaces of own application

Dino Viehland dinov at exchange.microsoft.com
Tue Aug 15 17:08:33 CEST 2006

It is currently an all-or-nothing situation.  As a work around you could create your own module (import imp.new_module('modulename')) and then you could add the namespaces onto the new module, then publish the module in sys.modules:

import imp
import sys

mod = imp.new_module('test')
mod.abc = 'xyz'
sys.modules['test'] = mod

import test
print test.abc

You can do this w/o giving IronPython the reference to your assembly.  Just load the assembly, and from Python you can access the namespaces/types directly off the assembly object.

-----Original Message-----
From: users-bounces at lists.ironpython.com [mailto:users-bounces at lists.ironpython.com] On Behalf Of Stanislas Pinte
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 12:34 AM
To: Discussion of IronPython
Subject: [IronPython] expose some namespaces of own application


We are using IP as a scripting engine, embedded in one of our products.

I would like to be able to expose a subset of the namespaces present in my application assembly (MyApp.exe) to the scripting engine...but hide the rest:

i.e. when a user does an "from a.b.c import Bar", if a.b.c is "hidden", then it fails:

>>> from a.b.c import Bar
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
ImportError: No module named a.b.c

whereas if a.b.pub has been "exposed" to the scripting engine, then the user can import it.

Is this currently possible? I have the impression that it is an all-or-nothing situation...and I would like to avoid having to split my classes in several assemblies.

Thanks for all input,

Kind regards,


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