[Python-Dev] importlib is now bootstrapped (and what that means)

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Mon Apr 16 19:04:25 CEST 2012

> I don't see how depending on Cython is better than depending on having
> an existing Python.  If the only benefit is semi-readable code, surely
> we do have source code for the pre-frozen module, and it is just a matter
> of convincing hg that the bytecode is binary, not text?

Cython-generated C code would likely be more stable (and produce
compiler errors if it gets stale), whereas importlib.h needs to be
regenerated with byte code changes.

Having source code has the advantage that it becomes possible to
single-step through the import process in C debugger. Single-stepping
with pdb would, of course, be better than that, but I doubt it's

In addition, there might be a performance gain with Cython over ceval.


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