[Python-Dev] [Python-checkins] peps: Note that ImportError will no longer be raised due to a missing __init__.py

Jim Jewett jimjjewett at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 18:56:50 CEST 2012

On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 18:56, eric.smith wrote:

> +Note that an ImportError will no longer be raised for a directory
> +lacking an ``__init__.py`` file. Such a directory will now be imported
> +as a namespace package, whereas in prior Python versions an
> +ImportError would be raised.

Given that there is no way to modify the __path__ of a namespace
package (short of restarting python?), *should* it be an error if
there is exactly one directory?

Or is that just a case of "other tools out there, didn't happen to
install them"?


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