Import, how to change sys.path on Windows, and module naming?

Jeremy Nicoll - news posts jn.nntp.scrap001 at
Sat Mar 1 18:29:21 CET 2008

If I understand correctly, when I import something under Windows, Python
searches the directory that the executing script was loaded from, then other
directories as specified in "sys.path".

I assume there are standard locations inside my installed Python - in my
case inside:  C:\Program Files\~P-folder\Python25  - where I could put my
modules and they'd automatically be found?  But even if that's the norm, I
don't want to put my own modules in such directories, partly because a
uninstall or reinstall or upgrade of Python might lose my stuff, and partly
because I don't believe in mixing distributed code with home-grown code. 

However I'm quite happy to have a line or three of code to alter  sys.path 
to suit my set-up, if that's a normal way to handle this problem.  Where
does one do that?

Also, I presume that there's a risk that the module name that I give to any
of my utilities will clash with a present or future standard module's name.
Does that mean that I should give my own modules names like "JNfoo" rather
than "foo", etc?  Or something like ""?

Jeremy C B Nicoll - my opinions are my own.

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