Why my modification of source file doesn't take effect when debugging?

Christophe chris.cavalaria at free.fr
Fri Dec 2 18:04:15 CET 2005

infidel a écrit :
>>I'm using the Windows version of Python and IDLE. When I debug my .py
>>file, my modification to the .py file does not seem to take effect
>>unless I restart IDLE. Saving the file and re-importing it doesn't help
>>either. Where's the problem?
> "import" only reads the file the first time it's called.  Every import
> call after that looks up the module in memory.  This is to prevent
> circular dependencies between modules from creating infinite loops.
> You need to use the reload() function:

As a matter of fact, it would help a lot if that stupid behaviour of 
Idle was dropped. I'm sure I'm not the only one who lost lots of time 
because of that bug. Yes I call it a bug.

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