[Python-Dev] PEP 328, relative imports and Python 2.7

Mark Dickinson dickinsm at gmail.com
Wed Apr 21 15:56:22 CEST 2010

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM, Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org> wrote:
> While talking about Python 2.6 -> 2.7 transitions, the subject of relative and
> absolute imports has come up.  PEP 328 states that absolute imports will be
> enabled by default in Python 2.7, however I cannot verify that this has
> actually happened.

I'm fairly sure it hasn't.  I brought this up on python-dev in
February (around Feb 2nd;  thread entitled 'Absolute imports in Python
2.x'), but for some reason I can only find the tail end of that thread
on mail.python.org:


> Python 2.7?  If not, given that we're into beta, I don't think we can do it
> now, so I would suggest updating the PEP.

Agreed.  There's also the question of whether deprecation warnings or
-3 warnings should be raised;  see



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