[Distutils] unit test support for distutils

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Fri Apr 27 05:08:00 2001

"Fred L. Drake, Jr." wrote:
>   I'm sure others have taken a stab at this, but I'd like to suggest
> that we include some support for a standard test command for
> setup.py.  I've attached the command I've been playing with, but would
> love to hear other suggestions as well.
>   Drop the attached file into the standard library as
> distutils/command/test.py.  It adds the command "test" parallel to the
> "build" and "install" commands.  It expects a directory named "test"
> parallel to the setup.py script; that directory is searched for Python
> module files named test_*.py.  Each such module is imported; if a
> callable named test_suite() is found, it should return a
> unittest.TestSuite instance that can be run. 

Wouldn't it be better to explicitly name the test script using
a keyword parameter to setup() ?

> I'm sure there's a
> better way to report failures, but I haven't had time to dig that
> deeply into the distutils yet.

Some comments:

* test (if available) should be run prior to install
* installing should not be possible with failing tests (errors) unless 
  an override option is used
* the test command should have an option to turn warnings into

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