Bug with help (was Re: Getting a list of all modules)

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Jul 31 22:15:41 CEST 2014

On 7/31/2014 3:19 PM, Mark Lawrence wrote:
> On 31/07/2014 19:55, Akira Li wrote:
>> Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> writes:
>>> I'm looking for a programmatic way to get a list of all Python modules
>>> and packages. Not just those already imported, but all those which
>>> *could* be imported.
>> ...
>>> Is this problem already solved? Can anyone make any suggestions?
>> Look at how `help('modules')` is implemented. Though it crashes on my
>> system.
> Have you reported this at bugs.python.org or is there already an issue
> for the problem that you see?

I strongly suspect this issue:
help('modules') imports all modules, and crashes if any import crashes 
the system.

Terry Jan Reedy

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