[Python-Dev] Re: Python-Dev Digest, Vol 5, Issue 57
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Tue Dec 16 16:02:30 EST 2003
"Edward Loper" <edloper at gradient.cis.upenn.edu> wrote
> Guido said:
> > [...] I propose not to change from-less import.
> What's the motivation for restricting it to from-imports? I suspect
> that this will cause confusion, and it doesn't feel self-consistent to
> me: why can you call a module ".foo" in one context, and not in
> another? In particular, I think that if people see that you can do:
> from .foo import *
> Then they'll assume that they can also do:
> import .foo
The problem is probably, to what name should the module be bound?
Variable names are not allowed to contain a leading dot.
But it would be possible to say:
import .foo as my_foo
and access both through modules through the name they're bound to.
Therefore I'd propose to allow relative from-less imports, but require
them to always use the "as" clause.
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