How to test if a module exists?

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Thu Nov 11 05:31:25 CET 2010

On 2010-11-10 22:18 , Jon Dufresne wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:50 AM, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
> <ldo at geek-central.gen.fine.whatever>  wrote:
>> In message<mailman.780.1289326087.2218.python-list at>, Jon
>> Dufresne wrote:
>>> On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 11:35 PM, Lawrence D'Oliveiro ...
>> I see that you published my unobfuscated e-mail address on USENET for all to
>> see. I obfuscated it for a reason, to keep the spammers away. I'm assuming
>> this was a momentary lapse of judgement, for which I expect an apology.
>> Otherwise, it becomes grounds for an abuse complaint to your ISP.
> Is this for real? I did a "replay all" to respond to your post. What
> are you suggesting? I don't see anything that looks like an obfuscated
> email.

To be fair, I think Lawrence is *trying* to obfuscate his email address. You can 
see it in the python-list archives.

However, somewhere between him and you (and me!), it gets unobfuscated. You did 
nothing wrong, even if you accept Lawrence's premise that deliberately 
unobfuscating someone's email address is apology-worthy. Personally, I don't.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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