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How to unload a module after I've imported it.

Is it possible to unload a module after I've imported it.
I have the main program from which I import several smaller programs.
Some of these uses timeoutsocket module.
But one of the smaller program can not work with the timeoutsocket
module, so I must
unload the timeoutsocket module, execute the program and then reload
timeoutsocket module.
So, s it possible to unload a module after I've imported it..

Sep 29 '07 #1
3 28160
Have you tried a del?
>import socket
['__builtins__', '__doc__', '__name__', 'socket']
>del socket
['__builtins__', '__doc__', '__name__']

See you!

Sep 29 '07 #2
En Sat, 29 Sep 2007 17:32:15 -0300, marvinla <ma************@gmail.com>
Have you tried a del?
>>import socket
['__builtins__', '__doc__', '__name__', 'socket']
>>del socket
['__builtins__', '__doc__', '__name__']
pyimport socket
pydel socket
pyimport sys
<module 'socket' from 'c:\apps\Python25\lib\socket.pyc'>

del only removes the reference from the current namespace, but the module
is still loaded and available.
del sys.modules['socket'] would remove the module so the next import
statement will have to reload it.

Back to the original question, timeoutsocket replaces some objects in the
socket module with its own versions, just "unloading" timeoutsocket would
not be enough, the changes had to be reverted.

timeoutsocket is an old hack for Python 2.2 and earlier. Since 2.3 you can
achieve the same thing using socket.setdefaulttimeout() so unless you are
forced to use such ancient versions, it can be dropped.

Gabriel Genellina

Sep 29 '07 #3
On Sep 29, 9:32 pm, marvinla <marvinware2...@gmail.comwrote:
Have you tried a del?
import socket

['__builtins__', '__doc__', '__name__', 'socket']>del socket

['__builtins__', '__doc__', '__name__']

See you!
>>import socket
import sys
'socket' in sys.modules
>>del sys.modules['socket']
'socket' in sys.modules

Although as Gabriel says, this may not be the best approach for this
particular need.

A new import will do a full reload of the socket module.


Sep 30 '07 #4

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