Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 10 months ago

#21628 new Cleanup/optimization

Stop using the `imp` module

Reported by: aaugustin Owned by: nobody
Component: Core (Other) Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: merb Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


It's deprecated in Python 3.4: Django uses it in a handful of files.

Notably, it calls imp.acquire_lock() and imp.release_lock() in AppCache.populate(). These functions don't have a replacement. I'm not sure how to deal with that, maybe call them only on Python < 3.4?

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comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by aaugustin

We'll most likely have to write some wrappers in django.utils.importlib to cover all Python versions.

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by loic84

As @aaugustin pointed out in a github comment, we used to have normal reentrant threads locking instead of calling these functions and that caused deadlocks (#18251).

It seems the behavior of those functions changed in 3.3 as well, dunno if the change affected us:

"Changed in version 3.3: The locking scheme has changed to per-module locks for the most part. A global import lock is kept for some critical tasks, such as initializing the per-module locks."

FWIW the Python ticket where the deprecation was discussed:

Last edited 3 years ago by loic84 (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by merb

@aaugustin i think we could just ignore this issue.

Currently I tried:
On Python 2.7.5+ and on Python 3.3.2+ the issue never occured. Without calling imp.acquire_lock() or imp.release_lock()

Maybe the "test" itself is somehow not correct anymore.

But I think its due to the fact that we now (since the last commit use a backport of importlib for python 2.7 due to the fact that the next django version won't be compatible to python 2.6. So just remove imp and we are fine. (btw. imp.acquire_lock() does nothing when you are working on master)

Last edited 3 years ago by merb (previous) (diff)

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by merb

  • Cc merb added

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by Aymeric Augustin <aymeric.augustin@…>

In d674fe6dee16735dd2670243153326806b7e6cb0:

Used a regular lock for app registry population.

Since the app registry is always populated before the first request is
processed, the situation described in #18251 for the old app cache
cannot happen any more.

Refs #18251, #21628.

comment:6 Changed 3 years ago by aaugustin

The app registry no longer uses the import lock, but there's still 5 uses of imp.find_module, one of imp.load_module and one of imp.new_module.

comment:7 Changed 3 years ago by mjtamlyn

It's worth noting that imp.find_module is the only one of these which is used in the source code (4 times), the others are only used in tests. Two of the uses in the main codebase are in a function which needs rewriting as it's about the old sys.path hackery from the old project layout, and we've already decided we are willing to *maybe* break some stuff there. There's already a TODO to this effect.

The others are in module_loading and we will need to write a separate path for py3+

comment:8 Changed 3 years ago by Alex Gaynor <alex.gaynor@…>

In 9d487ae2a16d1efd501e65c78e6885c8cdcd4421:

Refs #21628 -- removed one usage of the imp module in the tests. It is deprecated in Python 3.4

comment:9 Changed 2 years ago by claudep

FWIW, the only remaining usage of imp is in django.utils.module_loading.module_has_submodule (+ in the corresponding test module,

comment:10 Changed 2 years ago by Aymeric Augustin <aymeric.augustin@…>

In d7f1f316bcb21853597515a25e6e43639b9ed021:

Simplified module_has_submodule on Python >= 3.3.

Stopped using the imp module on Python >= 3.3. Refs #21628.

comment:11 Changed 2 years ago by aaugustin

Removing usage in the tests is quite difficult. I tried to use the replacements from importlib but I keep hitting infinite recursions.

In fact it's a bit difficult to figure out what matters in the test. They were introduced in #13464 but that ticket is short on details.

If I understand Python's deprecation policy correctly, the imp module won't be removed before Python 4. We could simply silence the deprecation warning.

The alternative would be to run these tests only under Python < 3.3. The implementation on Python >= 3.3 is drastically simpler and may not require as many tests.

comment:12 Changed 20 months ago by collinanderson

I think the one remaining case is in ProxyFinder in tests/utils_tests/

comment:13 Changed 20 months ago by timgraham

Another usage popped up:

db/migrations/ six.moves.reload_module(module)

This uses imp.reload() on Python 3. It should use importlib.reload() on Python 3.4+ to avoid a warning. Created ticket to see if it can be addressed in six.

comment:14 Changed 15 months ago by timgraham

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

Issue in previous comment will be fixed in the next version of six. I don't think there are any remaining tasks for this ticket.

comment:15 Changed 10 months ago by timgraham

  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to new

Oops, import imp still exists in tests/utils_tests/

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