Commit 64db4080 authored by Paul Sokolovsky's avatar Paul Sokolovsky
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docs/library/index: Elaborate on u-modules.

Also, remove an "only" directive in u-modules description.
parent 30bca45e
......@@ -36,15 +36,20 @@ Python standard libraries and micro-libraries
The following standard Python libraries have been "micro-ified" to fit in with
the philosophy of MicroPython. They provide the core functionality of that
module and are intended to be a drop-in replacement for the standard Python
library.
.. only:: not port_unix
The modules are available by their u-name, and also by their non-u-name. The
non-u-name can be overridden by a file of that name in your package path.
For example, ``import json`` will first search for a file ``json.py`` or
directory ``json`` and load that package if it is found. If nothing is found,
it will fallback to loading the built-in ``ujson`` module.
library. Some modules below use a standard Python name, but prefixed with "u",
e.g. ``ujson`` instead of ``json``. This is to signify that such a module is
micro-library, i.e. implements only a subset of CPython module functionality.
By naming them differently, a user has a choice to write a Python-level module
to extend functionality for better compatibility with CPython (indeed, this is
what done by micropython-lib project mentioned above).
On some embedded platforms, where it may be cumbersome to add Python-level
wrapper modules to achieve naming compatibility with CPython, micro-modules
are available both by their u-name, and also by their non-u-name. The
non-u-name can be overridden by a file of that name in your package path.
For example, ``import json`` will first search for a file ``json.py`` or
directory ``json`` and load that package if it is found. If nothing is found,
it will fallback to loading the built-in ``ujson`` module.
.. only:: port_unix
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