Using class without importing module

Josiah Carlson jcarlson at nospam.uci.edu
Tue Feb 10 23:50:29 CET 2004


Thomas Aanensen wrote:

> Hi all.
> 
> I'm sending a class over a socket connection, and I want to use this class
> at the new location. The problem is that I get a "module blah does not
> exist" error.
> 
> Is it possible for me to use this class without importing the module? How?
> 
> Any other suggestions?

It sounds like you are using:

import Pickle
socketinstance.send(Pickle.dumps(classinstance))

The above doesn't work.  Pickle only encodes the data associated with 
that class, not the bytecode required for the functionality.  It refers 
to the module.class reference to deal with reconstructing it later from 
the pickle.

In general, you do need to import the module in order to use the class.

  - Josiah




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