[Python-ideas] Provide a way to import module without exec body

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 03:37:26 EST 2017

On 1 December 2017 at 18:13, Neil Schemenauer
<nas-python-ideas at arctrix.com> wrote:
> I have been working on reducing Python statup time.  It would be
> nice if there was some way to load a module into memory without exec
> of its body code.  I'm sure other people have wished for this.
> Perhaps there could be a new special function, similar to __import__
> for this purpose.  E.g.  __load_module__().  To actually execute the
> module, I had the idea to make module objects callable, i.e. tp_call
> for PyModule_Type.  That's a little too cute though and will cause
> confusion.  Maybe instead, add a function attribute to modules, e.g.
> mod.__exec__().
> I have a little experimental code, just a small step:
> https://github.com/nascheme/cpython/tree/import_defer_exec
> We need importlib to give us the module object and the bytecode
> without doing the exec().

What does actually doing the load give that simply calling

At that point, you know the module exists, and how to load it, which
is all a lazy loading implementations really needs to be confident
that a subsequent actual execution attempt will be able to start.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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