New submission from Brett Cannon:

To make using importlib.find_loader() easier, there should be a flag that says 
to automatically import all parent packages for the desired submodule so as to 
not force the user to do it::

  def find_loader(name, path=None, *, load_parents=False): ...

That way people who are okay with loading some packages implicitly to get at a 
specific loader can do so without having to do boilerplate name.split('.'); 
import each parent code. Also means people don't have to worry about the path 
argument (unless they explicitly want to trigger loading from a different 

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 175742
nosy: brett.cannon
priority: low
severity: normal
stage: test needed
status: open
title: Add a load_parents argument to importlib.find_loader()
type: enhancement
versions: Python 3.4

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