[Python-Dev] Exposing pkguitl's import emulation (was Re: [Python-checkins] r85538 - python/branches/py3k/Doc/library/pkgutil.rst)

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Tue Oct 19 17:24:59 CEST 2010

At 08:03 AM 10/18/2010 +1000, Nick Coghlan wrote:
>I'm a little dubious about exposing these officially. They're mainly a
>hack to get some parts of the standard library working (e.g. runpy) in
>the absence of full PEP 302 support in the imp module, not really
>something we want to encourage anyone else to use (and yes, they
>should probably have underscores in their names, but we missed that
>when the various private implementations scattered around the stdlib
>were consolidated in pkgutil).

Well, my intention at least was that they should be documented and 
released; it's the documenting part I didn't get around to.  ;-)

Of course, this was also pre-importlib; were we starting the work 
today, the obvious thing to do would be to expose the Python 
implementations of the relevant objects.

>That said, who knows when we'll actually have it done right, so in the
>meantime maybe having an official workaround is better than nothing...
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