I have a module that conflicts with a built-in module. For example, a
from email import message_from_string
You will want to read about Absolute and Relative Imports which addresses this very problem. Use:
from __future__ import absolute_import
Using that, any unadorned package name will always refer to the top level package. You will then need to use relative imports (
from .email import ...) to access your own package.
NOTE: The above
from ... line needs to be put into any 2.x Python
.py files above the
import ... lines you're using. In Python 3.x this is the default behavior and so is no longer needed.