How about some syntactic sugar for " __name__ == '__main__' "?

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Thu Nov 13 01:54:55 CET 2014

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at> wrote:
>> Safer - and more in line with the way
>> other such functions are written - would be a dunder function:
>> if __name__ == '__main__': __main__()
> I presume you mean that calling __main__ implicitly would be both consistent
> and safer.  No code should be using that now.

That's what I mean. Like changing to iter.__next__() in
Py3, it'd be using a name that emphasizes that the interpreter, not
userland code, should be calling this function.

Of course, it'd still be optional. Top-level code would be executed
top-down, same as it now is.


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