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arcpy load time suddenly long

Question asked by chiphankley on Mar 9, 2015
Latest reply on Mar 11, 2015 by chiphankley

arcpy is taking a LONG time (30 seconds) to load.  Just a simple script like

 

import arcpy
x=5
print x * 5

 

...takes about 30 seconds before I see the output.  This appears to be the same for

  • 64 or 32 bit python
  • run via IDLE or run straight through the Python interpreter (e.g. double-clicking on the *.py file)

 

Of course if I comment out the "import arcpy" line, the script runs instantaneously.

 

This came on rather suddenly.  The only recent major change that I know of was installing 10.3, although I know that I have run scripts since then and they ran fine (no lag loading arcpy).

 

This is an (otherwise) smoking fast machine... 16 GB RAM, SSD, etc.  Windows 8.1, ArcGIS 10.3.

 

Any ideas on what to check???  TIA.

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