[Python-Dev] release plan for 2.5 ?

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Feb 10 23:06:24 CET 2006

Guido van Rossum wrote:
>>    PEP 328: Absolute/Relative Imports
> Yes, please.

+0 for adding relative imports. -1 for raising errors for
in-package relative imports using the current notation
in Python 2.6.



for a previous discussion.

The PEP still doesn't have any mention of the above discussion or
later follow-ups.

The main argument is that the strategy to make absolute imports
mandatory and offer relative imports as work-around breaks the
possibility to produce packages that work in e.g. Python 2.4 and
2.6, simply because Python 2.4 doesn't support the needed
relative import syntax.

The only strategy left would be to use absolute imports throughout,
which isn't all that bad, except when it comes to relocating a
package or moving a set of misc. modules into a package - which is
not all that uncommon in larger projects, e.g. to group third-party
top-level modules into a package to prevent cluttering up the
top-level namespace or to simply make a clear distinction in
your code that you are relying on a third-party module, e.g

from thirdparty import tool

I don't mind having to deal with a warning for these, but don't
want to see this raise an error before Py3k.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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