PyWart: Import resolution order

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Fri Jan 11 14:35:37 CET 2013

On 1/11/2013 1:13 AM, Rick Johnson wrote:
> Python's import resolution order is terrible.[1]
> The fact that Python looks in the stdlib _first_ is not a good idea.

And the fact is that it does not do so. The order depends on sys.path, 
and '' is the first entry.

> It would seem more intuitive for a custom "math" module (living in
> the current directory) to /override/ the stlib "math" module.

Try it.

This is a nuisance though, when not intended. Someone writes a, and a year later in the same directory, an unrelated, which tries to import random.exponential. The import fails 
and they post here, having forgotten about their own, which 
does not have such a function. Posts like this happen a few times a year.

Terry Jan Reedy

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