Why do only callable objects get a __name__?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Mon Nov 18 22:11:08 CET 2013


On 11/18/2013 3:13 PM, John Ladasky wrote:

> Of course, I have used __name__ for years in the common expression "if __name__ == "__main__") to determine whether a particular module is being run or merely imported.

This true statement invalidates your subject line ;-). All modules have 
a __name__. The main module has the name (__name__) '__main__'. (A file 
named '__main__.py' also has special meaning. If one does 'python -m 
package' on a command line and 'package' is a directory with 
'__init__.py', 'package/__main__.py' is executed as the main module 
'__main__'.

> 1. WHY do only callable objects get a __name__?

Why do you think this? Is there a mistake in the doc?

-- 
Terry Jan Reedy




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