Author terry.reedy
Recipients ethan.furman, gvanrossum, ned.deily, python-dev, serhiy.storchaka, terry.reedy, vinay.sajip, vstinner, wolma
Date 2016-11-08.15:11:25
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The effect is limited to venv only in a narrow sense.  The startup time for running programs from an IDLE editor is also affected. Many other programs also import re either directly or indirectly on startup.  For instance, importing argparse imports re. Running Python from Command Prompt:

Python 3.6.0b3 (default, Nov  1 2016, 03:21:01) [MSC v.1900 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32
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>>> import sys; 're' in sys.modules
>>> import argparse
>>> import sys; 're' in sys.modules
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