Code checksums at compile time?

Erann Gat gat at
Wed Jun 12 20:35:06 EDT 2002

I am running some code that computes results that are stored in a
database.  The code is modified on occasion, and it's important to keep
track of which version of the code generated which results.  It's
important enough to get this right that I want to do this automatically
and not risk the possibility of manual error.

I'm doing the following: the code in question lives in a module called
'foo'.  When I load foo, I do the following:

import foo
code = []
hash =
for line in xreadlines.xreadlines(open(foo.__file__)):

I then write the (hash,code) pair into the database, and annotate all the
results with the hash value.  Now I have a foolproof record of which code
generated which results.

This works, but it's expensive, because this code is part of a cgi script,
so it has to recompute the hash every time it starts up.

My question is: is there a way to arrange for the module hash to be
computed at compile time rather than run time?  This would seem to be a
straightforward adaptation of my current code, except that I don't know
how to get a handle on "the module that is currently being compiled" (and
its associated file).

Erann Gat

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