[Python-Dev] Memory management in the AST parser & compiler

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Wed Nov 30 11:02:05 CET 2005

Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> writes:

> Guido van Rossum wrote:
>>>To me, that's an argument in favour of always generating
>>>a .pyc, even for scripts.
>> I'm not sure I follow the connection.
> You were saying that if the parser and compiler were
> slow, it would slow down single-file scripts that
> didn't have a .pyc (or at least that's what I thought
> you were saying). If a .pyc were always generated,
> this problem would not arise.

Well, the current stdlib compiler is unacceptably slow, no question.
I don't want "make install" to take as long as "regrtest -u all
test_compiler", or make test to take nearly that long in all cases.


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