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from datetime.datetime import today not working. python2.6.4 onwindows

Joshua Kordani
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Greetings all!

So I'm reading through the manual and I get to the point where it talks
about packages and how to import them. namely section 6.4 in the
tutorial. I wont repeat the section here, but I want to understand
whats going on in the following (as typed on my computer).

Python 2.6.4 (r264:75708, Oct 26 2009, 08:23:19) [MSC v.1500 32 bit
(Intel)] on
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import datetime
>>> dir(datetime)

['MAXYEAR', 'MINYEAR', '__doc__', '__name__', '__package__', 'date',
'datetime_CAPI', 'time', 'timedelta', 'tzinfo']
>>> dir(datetime.datetime)

['__add__', '__class__', '__delattr__', '__doc__', '__eq__',
'__format__', '__ge
__', '__getattribute__', '__gt__', '__hash__', '__init__', '__le__',
'__lt__', '
__ne__', '__new__', '__radd__', '__reduce__', '__reduce_ex__',
'__repr__', '__rs
ub__', '__setattr__', '__sizeof__', '__str__', '__sub__',
'__subclasshook__', 'a
stimezone', 'combine', 'ctime', 'date', 'day', 'dst', 'fromordinal',
amp', 'hour', 'isocalendar', 'isoformat', 'isoweekday', 'max',
'microsecond', 'm
in', 'minute', 'month', 'now', 'replace', 'resolution', 'second',
'strftime', 's
trptime', 'time', 'timetuple', 'timetz', 'today', 'toordinal', 'tzinfo',
', 'utcfromtimestamp', 'utcnow', 'utcoffset', 'utctimetuple', 'weekday',

>>> from datetime.datetime import today

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ImportError: No module named datetime

so dir on datetime shows symbols date, time, datetime,etc
dir on datetime shows today, now, etc

lets say for arguments sake that I want to just import the today
function, according to the documentation, the line should be:
from datetime.datetime import today.

as you can see, that didn't work. why not?

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