reload fails if module not in sys.path

Lonnie Princehouse finite.automaton at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 01:00:35 CEST 2005


So, it turns out that reload() fails if the module being reloaded isn't
in sys.path.

Maybe it could fall back to module.__file__ if the module isn't found
in sys.path??
... or reload could just take an optional path parameter...

Or perhaps I'm the only one who thinks this is silly:

>>> my_module = imp.load_module(module_name, *imp.find_module(module_name,path))
>>> reload(my_module)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
ImportError: No module named whatever


I guess I could just deal with this by fiddling with sys.path or using
imp.load_module again, but.. um.. I like to complain. ;-)

The context here is that I'm loading user-defined modules as plugins,
and I don't want to keep the plugin directory in sys.path because of
potential module name conflicts.




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