my isn't imported

Lawrence D'Oliveiro ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand
Mon Aug 27 11:33:45 CEST 2007

In message <87ps19q5fs.fsf at>, Torsten Bronger wrote:

> So I'd like to know a means to tell *explicitly* what I want to
> import.  Maybe I could use the imp module but that's ugly.

That seems to be the standard Python-provided way to explicitly import the
file you want from the place you want.

> I mean, there are hundreds of modules on my harddisk, so trying to avoid
> nameclashs should not be the solution...

That is what namespace qualifiers are for, e.g.

    import my_custom_stuff.parser


    import parser

> John Machin writes:
>> 2. Failure to RTFabulousM:
>> """
>> Details of the module searching and loading process are
>> implementation and platform specific. It generally involves
>> searching for a ``built- in'' module with the given name and then
>> searching a list of locations given as sys.path.
>> """
> ... the whole systems seems largely arbitrary, which I don't
> believe.  ;-)

The documentation <> says quite
clearly that the search order is controlled by sys.path. So why not
manipulate that to get the effect you want?

> "parser" is built-in on Windows but not on Linux.

It is standard on all platforms

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