New submission from Joon-Kyu Park:

`pydoc.safeimport()` should return `None` if the module isn't found.

If Python's default `__import__` is monkey patched, (e.g., by using gevent)
the function misbehaves. According to the current implementation,
the function returns `None` by checking the only last entry of the traceback
if `ImportError` is thrown during calling `__import__()`.

If `__import__` is monkey patched, extra entries can be mixed into the
original traceback when `ImportError` is raised. In the case when the module
is not found, `ErrorDuringImport` is being raised rather than returning `None`
after failing checking the traceback because current implementation only
checks the last traceback entry.

The important thing is to check whether `ImportError` is raised inside
`safeimport()`, I think it's okay to check the whole traceback entries
instead of checking the only last item.

Please check the attached patch which I suggest. Thank you.

components: Library (Lib)
files: pydoc.patch
keywords: patch
messages: 278726
nosy: Joon-Kyu Park
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: pydoc.safeimport() raises ErrorDuringImport() if __builtin__.__import__ 
is monkey patched
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.7
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