I recently upgraded versions of pylint, a popular Python style-checker.
It has gone ballistic throughout my code, pointing out places where I import modules in the same package, without specifying the full package path.
The new error message is W0403.
W0403: Relative import %r, should be %r
Used when an import relative to the package directory is detected.
For example, if my packages are structured like this:
/cake /__init__.py /icing.py /sponge.py /drink
and in the sponge package I write:
I will get this error.
While I understand that not all Pylint messages are of equal importance, and I am not afraid to dismiss them, I don't understand why such a practice is considered a poor idea.
I was hoping someone could explain the pitfalls, so I could improve my coding style rather than (as I currently plan to do) turning off this apparently spurious warning.