module import search path strangeness

tow toby.o.h.white at
Tue Aug 12 00:19:19 CEST 2008

I have a python script (part of a django application, if it makes any
difference) which is exhibiting the following behaviour:

import my_module # succeeds
imp.find_module("my_module") # fails, raising ImportError

which is completely baffling me. According to sys.path, both should
fail; the directory containing my_module is not in sys.path (though
the my_module directory itself is). More puzzlingly, printing out
my_module.__file__ gives:


I don't really understand what the ".." is doing in there.

Can someone explain what I'm missing here, it's got me stumped.


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