Macro expansion: intercept statement interpretation

Benjamin Niemann pink at
Wed Aug 25 00:00:18 CEST 2004

You could try to override __import__ to first parse the source for macro 
definitions and do the expansions. Usage would then be:

import DoMagicWithImportModule
import ModuleWithMacros

(Your code wouldn't work, because python throws a SyntaxError long 
before it even tries to execute 'import MyCustomMacroLib')
The code at could be 
extended to first read the contents of the module (after find_module) 
and passes the expanded source (e.g. as a StringIO) to load_module.

This has of course the problem (that many implementations of macro 
expansion share) that line numbers in exception dumps have not much 
relation to lines of the unexpanded code...

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