[Python-checkins] bpo-35486: Note Py3.6 import system API requirement change (GH-11540)

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commit: cee29b46a19116261b083dc803217aa754c7df40
branch: master
author: Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com>
committer: Miss Islington (bot) <31488909+miss-islington at users.noreply.github.com>
date: 2019-01-17T02:41:29-08:00

bpo-35486: Note Py3.6 import system API requirement change (GH-11540)

While the introduction of ModuleNotFoundError was fully backwards
compatible on the import API consumer side, folks providing alternative
implementations of `__import__` need to make an update to be
forward compatible with clients that start relying on the new subclass.


M Doc/library/importlib.rst
M Doc/whatsnew/3.6.rst

diff --git a/Doc/library/importlib.rst b/Doc/library/importlib.rst
index 3c9a99abf9a2..23831c75842f 100644
--- a/Doc/library/importlib.rst
+++ b/Doc/library/importlib.rst
@@ -1737,7 +1737,8 @@ Python 3.6 and newer for other parts of the code).
           if spec is not None:
-          raise ImportError(f'No module named {absolute_name!r}')
+          msg = f'No module named {absolute_name!r}'
+          raise ModuleNotFoundError(msg, name=absolute_name)
       module = importlib.util.module_from_spec(spec)
       sys.modules[absolute_name] = module
diff --git a/Doc/whatsnew/3.6.rst b/Doc/whatsnew/3.6.rst
index 936ea2dc321e..3f5f5200f122 100644
--- a/Doc/whatsnew/3.6.rst
+++ b/Doc/whatsnew/3.6.rst
@@ -2316,6 +2316,17 @@ Changes in the Python API
   a :exc:`DeprecationWarning` in Python 3.6 and a :exc:`RuntimeError` in
   Python 3.8.
+* With the introduction of :exc:`ModuleNotFoundError`, import system consumers
+  may start expecting import system replacements to raise that more specific
+  exception when appropriate, rather than the less-specific :exc:`ImportError`.
+  To provide future compatibility with such consumers, implementors of
+  alternative import systems that completely replace :func:`__import__` will
+  need to update their implementations to raise the new subclass when a module
+  can't be found at all. Implementors of compliant plugins to the default
+  import system shouldn't need to make any changes, as the default import
+  system will raise the new subclass when appropriate.
 Changes in the C API

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