[Python-Dev] Re: PEP 328 -- relative and multi-line import

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sat Apr 3 21:58:35 EST 2004

> Great!  Then PEP 328 is almost set except for Bernhard's wish for more
> clarification of the rationale for making the default import absolute.
> I've gone ahead and updated the PEP, and I think we should move forward
> on implementation even without the clarification, but I've stuck a note
> in my calendar to bug people regularly until the rationale is finished.
> I've added the following:
> Timeline
> ========
> In Python 2.4, you must enable the new absolute import behavior with ::
>     from __future__ import absolute_import
> You may use relative imports freely.  In Python 2.5, any ``import``
> statement that results in an intra-package import will generate a
> ``PendingDeprecation`` warning (this also applies to ``from <> import``
> that fails to use the relative import syntax).  In Python 2.6, ``import``
> will always be an absolute import.


--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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