__builtin__ quote

James Stroud jstroud at mbi.ucla.edu
Tue Jan 6 09:56:36 CET 2009


Steven Woody wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 4:42 PM, James Stroud <jstroud at mbi.ucla.edu> wrote:
>> py> import __builtin__
>> py> __builtin__.abs is abs
>>    True
> 
> Does that mean someone did 'import * from __builtin__'  when python startup?

In terms of the exact implementation of the cPython interpreter, I don't 
know. But the interpreter behaves as if someone did just that. So there 
is nothing wrong with thinking of it this way if it helps you understand 
the interpreter.

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