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

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Sun Apr 11 13:23:51 EDT 2004

On Sun, Apr 11, 2004, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> This is one of the reasons I suggested early on that there be a way to
> spell -- at the package level by the package developer -- "I'm using
> absolute imports here".  Without that spelling, the package would still
> use the old semantics, however broken they are <wink>.
> E.g. if I could put in email/__init__.py something like:
> from __future__ import i_am_absolutely_resolved_about_my_imports
> then I'd expect PEP 328 semantics in package email and all subpackages. 
> Older packages wouldn't have this declaration and would operate under
> the old rules.  (I still don't have any need for relative imports. ;)

Anyone else favor having the ``__future__`` directive apply to the
package and all its subpackages?  (Currently it follows the standard
rules of applying only to each module.)  Note that this would make it
impossible to do what some people want, where a package becomes another
package's subpackage, if the new subpackage relies on relative imports
under the old rules.
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