On 1 December 2017 at 20:17, Steven D'Aprano firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If that's what you mean, then no, I haven't wished for that. Unless I'm missing something, it seems pointless. When, and why, would I want to import an empty module?
Having access to something along these lines is the core building block for lazy loading. You figure out everything you need to actually load the module up front (so you still get an immediate ImportError if the module doesn't even exist), but then defer actually finishing the load to the first __getattr__ invocation (so if you never actually use the module, you avoid any transitive imports, as well as any other costs of initialising it).