[Python-ideas] Python package files

Ron Adam rrr at ronadam.com
Mon Apr 30 13:09:08 CEST 2007

Brett Cannon wrote:
> On 4/26/07, Adam Atlas <adam at atlas.st> wrote:
>> I think it would be useful for Python to accept imports of standalone
>> files representing entire packages, maybe with the extension .pyp. A
>> package file would basically be a ZIP file, so it would follow fairly
>> easily from the current zipimport mechanism... its top-level
>> directory would be the contents of a package named by the outer ZIP
>> file. In other words, suppose we have a ZIP file called
>> "package.pyp", and at its top level, it contains "__init__.py" and
>> "blah.py". Anywhere this can be located, it would be equivalent to a
>> physical directory called "package" containing those two files. So
>> you can simply do "import package" as usual, regardless of whether
>> it's a directory or a .pyp.
> So basically zipimport, but instead of putting the zip file on
> sys.path the zip file exists in a directory on sys.path and the file
> name acts at the top-level package name?  I like the idea as making
> stuff just work more easily by dropping into some common place and not
> having to muck with the import settings would be nice.

I like that too.  + 1

I really dislike scattering a projects files around.

And conversely, I really dislike combining files from different sources.


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