Extensions on Linux: import without underscore?

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Sun Jun 19 05:57:25 CEST 2005

James Carroll wrote:
> Hi, I'm creating an extension called _bright.so on linux.  I can
> import it with import _bright, but how can I import bright and get the
> package?
> On windows, I've been able to import bright instead of import _bright,

That has to be a bug. You shouldn't rely on that behavior.

> but on Linux it seems to need the underscore.  I'm tempted to create a
> bright.py with from _bright import *, but I'm wondering if there's a
> more direct way.

Call it bright.so .

> Also, I'm using scons to generate my lib, and it insists on prepending
> the characters lib to my library name, so if I tell it to generate
> _bright.so it gives me lib_bright.so.  Is there a way of turning this
> off so I don't have to rename it back to _bright.so?

If at all possible, you should use distutils to build Python extensions.

If you must use Scons, read


and use


Robert Kern
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