[Python-Dev] __import__ problems

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sat Nov 29 03:56:00 CET 2008

Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> Should this be reported as a documentation bug? Given the new import 
> hooks, would it be fair to say that the main reason for __import__ is 
> to use it to import a module whose name is only known at runtime?

Only known at runtime, and for some reason you want an actual module
object rather than just the module's global namespace (since you can use
runpy.run_module() if you only need the latter).

At the very least, the __import__ docs should probably be updated to
point to run_module() as an alternative approach, so a doc issue is
probably a good idea.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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