On Wed, 14 Feb 2018 03:08:07 +1100, Chris Angelico wrote:
> import psycopg2
> If it's already been imported, Python will go fetch it straight from the
> cache, so it's fast.
Since Jason is talking about "a variety of scripts", it is quite possible
that the sys.modules cache will not save him. Consider a scenario of a
dozen scripts, each importing psycopg2. Since each script runs in its own
interpreter process, sys.modules is cleared from one run to the next.
For scripts run by hand, this rarely matters. (After all, the time to run
the script is often less than the time it takes to type in the command to
run and hit Enter.) But for scripts called by other scripts, this can
sometimes cause a significant slowdown.
(My understanding is that this is one of the reasons for the Apache
module "mod_python", to ensure a single Apache process runs a single,
long-running Python interpreter for any Python scripts, rather than
starting and stopping a new interpreter like ordinary CGI scripts would
I must admit though, I don't really understand Jason's problem or whether
your answer is even relevant.