On 11 April 2018 at 02:14, Serhiy Storchaka <storch...@gmail.com> wrote: > Currently pyc files contain data that is useful mostly for developing and is > not needed in most normal cases in stable program. There is even an option > that allows to exclude a part of this information from pyc files. It is > expected that this saves memory, startup time, and disk space (or the time > of loading from network). I propose to move this data from pyc files into > separate file or files. pyc files should contain only external references to > external files. If the corresponding external file is absent or specific > option suppresses them, references are replaced with None or NULL at import > time, otherwise they are loaded from external files. > > 1. Docstrings. They are needed mainly for developing. > > 2. Line numbers (lnotab). They are helpful for formatting tracebacks, for > tracing, and debugging with the debugger. Sources are helpful in such cases > too. If the program doesn't contain errors ;-) and is sipped without > sources, they could be removed. > > 3. Annotations. They are used mainly by third party tools that statically > analyze sources. They are rarely used at runtime.