The Difference between Import and From??

Akira Kiyomiya akira.kiyomiya at autodesk.com
Tue Mar 14 22:30:29 CET 2000


Well, I have a simple question that I cannot wait to ask.   So here you go.
It should be simple.

% cat small.py
x = 1
y = [1, 2]

% python
>>> from small import x, y
>>> x = 42
>>> y[0] = 42
>>>
>>> import small
>>> small.x
1                                # why?   I tought it would be 42?
>>> small.y
[42 ,2]                        # yeah, I thought so.


I have a feeling that I am confused of how Python imports a file.   Maybe
the difference between import and from??

Thanks

Akira





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