demandimport: load python modules on-demand

A typical python app starts with lots of imports of modules which are not always used. Usually this isn’t a problem. However, if you are writing a commandline-util in Python which should be snappy, every fraction of a second counts. Mercurial, the SCM written in Python, loads its modules on-demand to be snappy. I took their code and packaged it into a separate module demandimport such that everyone can use it for their own command-line utils.

Its use is simple:

import demandimport; demandimport.enable()

You can find demandimport on github.

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