And the reverse? Does os also import os.path?

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Thu Mar 27 20:05:47 CET 2008

En Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:22:11 -0300, Bruno Desthuilliers  
<bruno.42.desthuilliers at> escribió:

> Wilbert Berendsen a écrit :
>> If i do
>>>>> import os
>>>>> os.path.abspath("bla")
>> '/home/wilbert/bla'
>> it seems that just import os also makes available al os.path functions.
>> But is that always true?
> Nope. Not all packages expose their sub-packages.

In this case, the idea is to provide an OS-dependent module with a generic  
name. The os module imports one of several modules (ntpath, posixpath,  
etc.) depending on the current platform, and makes it available under the  
generic "path" name so users don't have to worry about that.

(Note that os is a module, not a package; os.path is accessing the "path"  
attribute of the os module, not the path module in the os package)

Gabriel Genellina

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