How to force built-in commands over imported.

Gerhard Häring gerhard.haering at
Wed Sep 4 10:55:05 EDT 2002

Maurice van de Rijzen wrote:
> Dear all.
> I'm a newbie on the field of python, therefore the answer to my question 
> may be simple.
> There is a built-in commans called open(fileName). There is also a 
> open() command in the os-module open which needs more than the fileName. 
>   Originally I didn't import the os-module and everything worked fine. 
> However, when I imported the os-module I received an error that open 
> needed more arguments. How can I force to take the built-in open() 
> instead of the open() in the os-module.

The technical answer is to use __builtins__["open"].

A good advice is to avoid the use of "from ... import *" in most cases.
Just "import os", then use the desired function by prefixing it with the
module name, like "".

-- Gerhard

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