[phobos] Update on Importing Packages [Was Re: install targets]

Jonathan M Davis jmdavisProg at gmx.com
Mon Jun 3 00:45:06 PDT 2013

On Monday, June 03, 2013 02:38:33 Daniel Murphy wrote:
> IIRC this is the "import blah;" vs "import blah : *" that we discussed at
> the conference. 

It's not. It works just fine when importing something like std.datetime.all 
which publicly imports the package, but with your changes, the public imports 
in package.d don't allow std.datetime.DosFileTime to work, unlike with 
std.datetime.all. To quote my comment in the pull request:

I don't think that this is a problem with the proposal that this is trying to 
implement. I think that the problem is in the implementation. Note that using 
a public selective import didn't work either, and both aliasing and selective 
importing std.datetime.common.DosFileTime in std.datetime.package should have 
worked, even if simply publicly importing std.datetime.common didn't. Also, if 
I create three modules like so:


int i = 7;

public import a;

import std.stdio;
import b;

void main()
the code compiles and prints 7. Module c is able to use b.i as if i were in b 
when in fact it's in a. So, the public importing itself does what we want for 
this proposal.

I don't think that there's necessarily anything wrong with the proposal that 
this pull request is trying to implement. It would work if you were trying to 
import std.datetime.all. and then use std.datetime.all.DosFileTime. I think 
that the problem has to be in how the implementation translates 
std.datetime.package into std.datetime. Clearly, specifying the full import 
path doesn't work with it even though it works with public imports normally.

> I can't remember what our resolution for that is, so I'll
> have another go when I do.  And when I'm done with DAC.  And I finish
> exams.  And I finish the DMD -> D port. etc  Haven't given up, just no time.

Well, life happens. I'm plenty busy as well. I just figured that I'd ask, since 
you never responded to my comment in the pull request, and I wasn't sure 
whether you'd read it or not.

- Jonathan M Davis

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