[Baypiggies] Question about unittest, setUp and suites

Herbert Pfennig herbert at albinen.com
Mon May 4 20:29:26 CEST 2009

Hi All,

Long time lurker with a simple question about unittest. I have googled around
and have not really found a good answer to the following question. How do I
define a _setUp_ that only get's called before a suite of tests is run?
(_not_ for every test)

Unittest talks about running a test fixture for a test or a number of
tests but I cannot seem to get this to work for me...

The best solution I could come up with was to do something like this:

import unittest

ran_suite_setup = False
class TestSuite(unittest.TestCase):
    def setUp(self):
        global ran_suite_setup
        if ran_suite_setup is False:
            print "Running Suite Setup"
            ran_suite_setup = True
        print 'Doing some test setup'
    def test_001(self):
        print 'Hi, I am test1'

    def test_002(self):
        print 'Hi, I am test2'

if __name__ == '__main__':

I am not crazy about using globals :) Is this right, or is there a better way
to do this? Any ideas are very appreciated.


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