import from question

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Wed Jan 16 09:19:30 CET 2008

Tobiah <toby at> writes:

> This is a little surprising. So "from mod import *" really copies
> all of the scalars into new variables in the local namespace.

No. Nothing is copied. All the objects (remembering that in Python,
*everything* is an object) created by the code in module 'mod' are
given names in the current namespace.

> I always ASSumed that the two forms of import were equivalent, but
> that one form did away with the need to be explicit about the
> namespace: mod.thing Obviously this is far from the case.

Yes. In fact the main difference is in what namespace the module's
objects are made available.

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Ben Finney

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