[Python-Dev] Relative Package Imports

Jim Fulton jim@digicool.com
Mon, 13 Sep 1999 09:35:21 -0400

Guido van Rossum wrote:
> [MAL]
> > > > I've spent the last two hours trying to get relative package
> > > > imports to work because I need them for my extension packages
> > > > which will soon all move under a new top-level package name
> > > > to overcome the conflicts with PIL and Zope.
> [GvR]
> > > I'd much rather use absolute package names for anything that's not in
> > > the same directory as the current module.
> [JimF]
> > I'll second Marc-Andre here.
> >
> > A significant headache occurs when you have a package
> > that has sub-packages.  Sub-packages need to be able to
> > reference other sub-packages within the same package without
> > knowing where the containing package is installed.
> You never need to know where it is installed.  When I said absolute
> package name I meant package name (e.g. zope.foo.bar.subpack) not
> filename.  As Tim has argued, the ability to change the name of the
> toplevel here is a liability, not a feature.

I wasn't refering to file path location either, but to 
package name-space location.  See the example I just
posted in reply to Tim.


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