[pytest-dev] Console folding

Bruno Oliveira nicoddemus at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 06:34:03 EDT 2021

Hi Jeff,

That seems really useful, however it would require pytest's output to
become interactive, which would be a separate application I believe. This
certainly seems possible to implement as a plugin, perhaps using Rich?
Anyway that is a neat idea.


On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 6:20 AM Jeff Wright <jeff.washcloth at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I am doing some investigation into the possibility of implementing a
> 'folding' capability for Pytest's console output, and wanted to ask here
> about the feasibility of this idea. My main motivator is the fact that, in
> the face of multiple test failures, and with the default console behavior
> in place, the output can span many pages, requiring the tester to scroll
> back and hunt for the first failed test in the run. It is easy to get lost,
> and hard to pinpoint precisely where things started to go wrong.
> So I thought it would be helpful to have a capability that implements some
> sort of console 'folding', such that all the detailed Pytest console
> content is still available, just hidden by default - yet still able to be
> expanded in some way with operator interaction. [I don't know yet if
> "operator interaction" would be done with keyboard, mouse, or what.] I do
> know that Pytest already allows changing the level of verbosity, traceback
> info, etc. I am also aware of the pytest-html plugin, which is pretty much
> exactly what I am looking for, just in-console.
> Would appreciate some comments/advice...is this even do-able? I can't be
> the first person to dream of such a thing!
> Thanks, Jeff
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