[Python-Dev] Inconsistent behaviour in import/zipimport hooks

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Wed Nov 9 20:32:54 CET 2005

On 11/9/05, Osvaldo Santana <osantana at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've noticed this inconsistency when we stop to use zipimport in our
> Python For Maemo distribution. We've decided to stop using zipimport
> because the device (Nokia 770) uses a compressed filesystem.

I won't comment further on the brainstorm that's going on (this is
becoming a topic for c.l.py) but I think you are misunderstanding the
point of zipimport. It's not done (usually) for the compression but
for the index. Finding a name in the zipfile index is much more
efficient than doing a directory search; and the zip index can be

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