# [Python-Dev] Terminology question

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Thu, 25 May 2000 20:50:24 -0500

Greg,

If you have to refer to it as a package (which I don't doubt), the
correct name is definitely the "root package".

A possible clarification of your glossary entry:

\item[root package] the root of the hierarchy of packages.  (This
isn't really a package, since it doesn't have an
\file{\_\_init\_\_.py} file.  But we have to call it something.)  The
vast majority of the standard library is in the root package, as are
many small, standalone third-party modules that don't belong to a
larger module collection.