[PATCH] send external diff to a file (bug 4047)

Robert Collins robertc at robertcollins.net
Fri May 5 08:25:17 BST 2006

On Fri, 2006-05-05 at 17:21 +1000, Martin Pool wrote:
> On 05/05/2006, at 5:12 PM, James Henstridge wrote:
> >
> > [...]
> >> These imports should really happen at the module level, not inside  
> >> the
> >> diff function.
> >
> > Is this a new coding guideline for bzr?  I noticed a lot of other
> > functions that contain imports (including this one), so I just
> > followed the existing style.  I guessed that this was to remove the
> > cost of the imports if the function in question did not get called.
> >
> > If the recommended style has changed, I can fix things up.
> The general rule is to put them at the top level unless either:
>   - importing them later would substantially reduce the cost

[..] of an 'bzr help' or similarly trivial run of bzr.

>   - or importing them later is the best way to resolve a dependency  
> cycle

One thing to be cautious of is that having them in a commonly called
function (like bzrlib.trace.note) will lead to dramatic slowdowns,
because of the synchronisation point at every execution of that routine.


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