Author vstinner
Recipients Greg Price, benjamin.peterson, ezio.melotti, mcepl, serhiy.storchaka, vstinner
Date 2019-08-13.12:23:29
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> This will remove awkward maneuvers like ast.c importing unicodedata in order to perform normalization.

unicodedata is not needed by default. ast.c only imports unicodedata at the first non-ASCII identifier. If you application (and all dependencies) only use ASCII identifiers, unicodedata is never loaded. Loading it dynamically reduces the memory footprint. 

Raw measure on my Fedora 30 laptop:

$ python3
Python 3.7.4 (default, Jul  9 2019, 16:32:37) 
[GCC 9.1.1 20190503 (Red Hat 9.1.1-1)] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import os
>>> os.system(f"grep ^VmRSS /proc/{os.getpid()}/status")
VmRSS:	   10236 kB

>>> import unicodedata
>>> os.system(f"grep ^VmRSS /proc/{os.getpid()}/status")
VmRSS:	   10396 kB

It uses 160 KiB of memory.
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