All frozen libraries have been updated to their latest versions as of 2018-11-01.
The default value of sys.path has been changed. OLD:
['', '/', '/lib', '.frozen']
['', '/', '.frozen', '/lib']
This change causes the frozen library of a library to be found and loaded on import, instead of any non-frozen version in /lib. Previously, to make sure the frozen version of a library was used, you had to remove that library from /lib. Whenever you updated /lib with a new library bundle, this had to be repeated.
When frozen libraries are imported they use up much less heap space (in RAM) than compiled .mpylibraries in /lib or elsewhere. This helps prevent running out of RAM when importing several modules or allocating large amounts of storage. This was a common support issue. Thanks to @kattni for advocating for this change, to @caternuson for discussion, and to @dhalbert for implementation.
If you need to override a frozen library with a different version, simply place it in /, instead of in /lib. The version in / will be found first and will be used instead.
Note that .frozen is not a real directory. It represents all the frozen modules. You cannot list it with os.listdir().
The following builds include frozen libraries and are affected by this change: circuit_playground_express, circuit_playground_express_crickit, feather_m0_express_crickit, hallowing_m0_express, pirkey_m0.
Note: Release 3.1.0 is being skipped: the tag was created on the wrong commit. The tag has been deleted, but we’re skipping it to avoid confusion.
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$ chmod +x mpy-cross-whatever-you-downloaded # you only need to do this once
$ ./mpy-cross-whatever-you-downloaded yourfile.py # this will generate yourfile.mpy
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