Borg Pattern Class usable from other classes?

Jan Wender ian at
Fri Oct 12 16:19:38 CEST 2001

Duncan Booth <duncan at> wrote:
> If you run as a script then it executes as the module '__main__'. This 
> is why you can do the test for the current module name being '__main__'. If 
> you import a from another module then it runs as the module 'a'. Even 
> though both modules '__main__' and 'a' are executing from the same file 
> they have completely separate namespaces.

> So when b imports a it is going to see a brand new Borg class, not the one 
> you created in your __main__ script.

This makes it perfectly clear to me, thanks a lot!

> The solution is to put your Borg class in a separate module, or more 
> generally never try to import anything from the __main__ script that you 
> use to kick off the program.
That I found yesterday also, but without an idea why it helped.

Erik Max Francis wrote in <3BC5E0A7.41050647 at>:

>The sequence appears strange anyway. defines the support classes
>and defines the test harness, but the __main__ clause of
>invokes the test harness?  Why not put the test harness where it
>belongs, in with the Test class?  That will eliminate your
>recursive import problem.

Well, this was not about a test harness. The class got named Test
while I was trying to find a minimal case which shows the problem. I
use the Borg class to contain configuration information like username,
password etc.

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that would be pointless.
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