[Python-Dev] Python startup optimization: script vs. service

Christian Heimes christian at python.org
Mon Oct 2 10:59:08 EDT 2017

On 2017-10-02 15:26, Victor Stinner wrote:
> 2017-10-02 13:10 GMT+02:00 INADA Naoki <songofacandy at gmail.com>:
>> https://github.com/python/cpython/pull/3796
>> In this PR, lazy loading only happens when uuid1 is used.
>> But uuid1 is very uncommon for nowdays.
> Antoine Pitrou added a new C extension _uuid which is imported as soon
> as uuid(.py) is imported. On Linux at least, the main "overhead" is
> still done on "import uuid". But Antoine change optimized a lot
> "import uuid" import time!
>> https://github.com/python/cpython/pull/3757
>> In this PR, singledispatch is lazy loading types and weakref.
>> But singledispatch is used as decorator.
>> So if web application uses singledispatch, it's loaded before preforking.
> While "import module" is fast, maybe we should use sometimes a global
> variable to cache the import.
> module = None
> def func():
>    global module
>    if module is None: import module
>    ...
> I'm not sure that it's possible to write an helper for such pattern.

I would rather like to see a function in importlib that handles deferred

modulename = importlib.deferred_import('modulename')

def deferred_import(name):
    if name in sys.modules:
        # special case 'None' here
        return sys.modules[name]
        return ModuleProxy(name)

ModuleProxy is a module type subclass that loads the module on demand.


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