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

Gustavo Sverzut Barbieri barbieri at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 22:12:38 CET 2005

On 11/9/05, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> 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
> cached.

Any way, not loading .pyo if no .pyc or .py is available is a
drawback, specially on unices that have scripts starting with
"#!/usr/bin/python" or "#!/usr/bin/env python" and the system just
have .pyo files, due a bunch of reasons, in this case the small disc

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