I understand that ".pyc" files are compiled versions of the plain-text ".py" files, created at runtime to make programs run faster. However I have observed a few things:
.pyc files are created (and possibly overwritten) only when that python file is imported by some other script. If the import is called, Python checks to see if the
.pyc file's internal timestamp matches the corresponding
.py file. If it does, it loads the
.pyc; if it does not or if the
.pyc does not yet exist, Python compiles the
.py file into a
.pyc and loads it.
What do you mean by "stricter checking"?