[Python-Dev] New relative import issue

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Mon Sep 18 13:25:03 CEST 2006

Fabio Zadrozny wrote:
> I've been playing with the new features and there's one thing about
> the new relative import that I find a little strange and I'm not sure
> this was intended...
> When you do a from . import xxx, it will always fail if you're in a
> top-level module, and when executing any module, the directory of the
> module will automatically go into the pythonpath, thus making all the
> relative imports in that structure fail.

Correct. Relative imports are based on __name__ and don't work properly if 
__name__ does not properly reflect the module's position in the package 
hierarchy (usually because the module is the main module, so name is set to 

This is noted briefly in PEP 328 [1], with the current workarounds explained 
in more detail in PEP 338 [2].




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