Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Tue Nov 14 12:23:33 CET 2006

km wrote:

> what is the use of __init__.py file in a module dir ?

it tells Python that the directory is a package directory.  if you have


and mydir is on the path, you can do "import foo.module" or "from foo 
import module".  if you remove the __init__.py file, Python will no 
longer look for submodules inside that directory.

> Is it used to initialize variables  that could be shared across sub 
> modules  if set in __init__.py at root dir  of module ?

it's usually empty, or used to export selected portions of the package 
under more convenient names.  given the example above, the contents of 
the __init__ module can be accessed via:

     import foo


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