Author rhettinger
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Date 2019-04-09.01:19:13
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In general, deferred imports are code smell that should avoided unless really necessary. They create an on-going maintenance burden (there's a reason most modules don't do this and put their imports at the top).

FWIW, a broken hashlib is a localized bug, not an optimization problem. It doesn't affect any user with a build that passes the test suite.

Running "python -v" shows that "random" is not part of the normal startup, so deferring the import saves zero for normal startup. It only affects modules that specifically import random.

IIRC, Mercurial uses hashing extensively, so deferring the import doesn't help them at all.

This is minor change, so I suppose we could let it go through; however, it seems somewhat arbitrary and the reasons offered seem dubious. For the most part, it isn't a good practice.
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