import overwrites __name__

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri May 8 20:25:15 CEST 2009


Marco wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> There happened something that I do not understand. Actually I don't even 
> know how it can be possible.
> 
> I import a module and then the name space of the importing module seems do 
> be overwritten.
> 
> my_name = __name__
> print my_name
> print len(dir())
> from x import y as z
> print __name__
> print len(dir())
> print my_name
> 
> ->
> __main__
> 119
> x
> 117
> unhandled NameError "name 'my_name' is not defined"
> 
> The module x is from me, and I am not aware of doing anything cruel there. 
> What evil thing can be done in its sub module that can result in that 
> strange thing?

see responses to "unicode bit me' thread




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