[development] reducing module size

nan wich nan_wich at bellsouth.net
Wed Feb 2 15:34:13 UTC 2011

You can split the module into several modules (which will, of course, have to be 
enabled). In your example, the block code could be in a separate module (see 
http://drupal.org/project/weblinks). However, any opcode caching that you use is 
going to keep more execution-ready code in memory than you might think. My last 
customer used e-Accelerator with a 32 MB cache size and this was a tremendous 
boost to performance, but with smaller memory (VPS, shared) installations, may 
not be the best idea.

@jcisio: To be more precise, the hooks must be in your .module namespace. I 
found this by accident when I started playing with sub-modules. For example, 
create a xyz.module, then create xyz_sub.module with xyz_block(); you will find 
that the blocks are available as though they were in xyz.module.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.


From: jcisio
It depends on which Drupal you are using, D6 or D7. Read the
documentation about D7, where you can split your .module into multiple

In D6, in general, all hook implementations must be presented in your
.module file. However, except your module is too big, this micro
optimization has only negligeable profit.
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