protobuf / python / google / protobuf / internal / api_implementation.py

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"""
This module is the central entity that determines which implementation of the
API is used.
"""

__author__ = 'petar@google.com (Petar Petrov)'

import os
# This environment variable can be used to switch to a certain implementation
# of the Python API. Right now only 'python' and 'cpp' are valid values. Any
# other value will be ignored.
_implementation_type = os.getenv('PROTOCOL_BUFFERS_PYTHON_IMPLEMENTATION',
                                 'python')


if _implementation_type != 'python':
  # For now, by default use the pure-Python implementation.
  # The code below checks if the C extension is available and
  # uses it if it is available.
  _implementation_type = 'cpp'
  ## Determine automatically which implementation to use.
  #try:
  #  from google.protobuf.internal import cpp_message
  #  _implementation_type = 'cpp'
  #except ImportError, e:
  #  _implementation_type = 'python'


# Usage of this function is discouraged. Clients shouldn't care which
# implementation of the API is in use. Note that there is no guarantee
# that differences between APIs will be maintained.
# Please don't use this function if possible.
def Type():
  return _implementation_type
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